On Monday, it was announced from a few sources that Mo Williams was signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves for a one-year, $3.5 million contract. This is an interesting signing by the Wolves as their roster was already filled without Williams and will be more packed if Kevin Love is sent in a trade for multiple players.
That being said, I actually like this signing for the Timberwolves. Mo Williams is a veteran player who has played for many teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Portland Trailblazers, plus he is a good three point shooter (His career three point percentage is over 38 percent!) and is said to be a great locker room presence. He has a lot of experience, having played in the league for 11 years, so hopefully Williams will be able to teach the young guy on the Timberwolves how to find success in the league.
Williams for his part seems to be embracing his role as mentor to the Timberwolves young squad, saying on Twitter that he’s “Looking forward to playing with some good young talent and help the maturation process take place.” I believe that this shows Williams is willing to be a leader on this team, something the Timberwolves will need if Kevin Love is traded.
As for how Williams affects the team, he will be a player that can play the point guard position or the shooting guard position with Ricky Rubio. He is generally used more as a point guard, but with Zach Lavine also being able to play point guard and shooting guard I believe Williams will end up playing both positions depending on who else is on the floor with him.
Now what I think is really interesting about this signing by the Timberwolves is what it indicates about the other guards on the roster. The players we know for sure are going to get playing time in the guard spots are Williams, Lavine, Kevin Martin and of course Rubio. So it seems that for Alexey Shved and J.J. Barea, the other guards on the Timberwolves’ roster, playing time is going to be hard to come by.
I for one will not be disappointed if Barea doesn’t see playing time because of Mo Williams. Williams is a better defender and shooter, plus I have never seen Williams chuck up a ridiculous shot just because he is frustrated he is about to subbed out. The Williams signing leads me to believe that Barea has a good chance of being traded before the season starts as his contract is too big for him to be a third string point guard. I for one think this would be a good move for the Timberwolves as they can get a draft pick for Barea and get rid of a player who doesn’t play good defense and seems to have a poor attitude on the court.
As for Shved, I think this signals that the Timberwolves are losing faith in him. He showed a lot of promise his rookie season, but since then he has been awful and has looked really passive on the court. However, unlike J.J. I don’t have concerns about Shved’s attitude so part of me hopes Shved can turn it around. No matter what happens with Shved and J.J, I still believe signing Mo Williams was a good move for the Minnesota Timberwolves.