NBA Trade Rumors: Teams That Should Trade for Clippers' Mo Williams

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2012

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With Chris Paul and Chauncey Billups in front of him in the Los Angeles Clippers lineup, Mo Williams has seen his minutes drop this season.

With that unlikely to change, teams in need of a player at the guard position who can score and distribute the rock will likely be very interested in the veteran guard.

From Ken Berger of CBS Sports:

No formal trade request has been lodged yet, but sources say a player to watch as the deadline approaches is the Clippers' Mo Williams. There simply aren't enough minutes in the Clippers' crowded backcourt, not even enough for Williams to assert himself as a viable threat off the bench. In the Clippers' 95-89 overtime victory over the Heat on Wednesday night, Williams had six points in only 21 minutes. At only 26 minutes a game, Williams' playing time has been squeezed and with the grueling schedule, there will be no shortage of contenders looking for guard help.

But which teams should start inquiring about the veteran guard?

Los Angeles Lakers

We return to Berger for his thoughts on this.

It's inconceivable that the Clippers would do this, but the ideal landing spot for Williams would be the other team that plays in Staples Center. Williams at point guard alongside Kobe Bryant would solve a lot of problems for the Lakers.

Sure, the chances of this happening are slim to none. But the Lakers should at least inquire as to whether or not the Clippers would have any interest.

And if the Clippers would be willing to move Williams to the Lakers and wouldn't require a king's ransom—my guess is the trade would bring back some combination of Steve Blake, Matt Barnes or Josh McRoberts—the Lakers should pull the trigger immediately.

Dallas Mavericks

Jason Kidd is old. Rodrigue Beaubois' name is fun to say, but his game isn't speaking for itself yet. Delonte West is, well, Delonte West.

Mo Williams would be a serious upgrade to the Mavericks backcourt, and the Clippers might be able to add some versatility to their frontcourt by bringing back a player like Lamar Odom in a trade.

Boston Celtics

While the return of Mickael Pietrus to the wing helps the Celtics bench, the unit has been largely disappointing this season.

Williams would instantly add an influx of scoring and backcourt help as the Celtics sixth man, something the team—which has started slowly, going 4-5 this season—could use.

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