NBA Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Clippers Would Be Stupid To Trade Mo Williams

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIFebruary 3, 2012

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Los Angeles Clippers point guard Mo Williams just gets things done and that's precisely why the organization would be downright stupid to trade him.

The problem is, they're going to have to at least think about trading him because with fellow point guard Eric Bledsoe getting healthy and Chris Paul obviously taking up the starter role, the Clips have quite a logjam in the backcourt.

Let's not forget about Chauncey Billups either, who is naturally a point guard.

This may seem like an issue, but I can guarantee you that this is a good problem for the Clippers to have.

Many teams struggle just to find one point guard, let alone an All-Star, a former NBA Finals MVP shooting guard that can naturally run the point and two legitimate backups.

The Clippers have all of that, but now they have to figure out what to do with it.

The Clippers can get back some great value in a trade. Whatever they do though, they should not trade away Williams.

ESPN's John Hollinger agrees with my statement and said as much when he answered a question about why he didn't mention Williams in his trade column:

I believe the thinking with the Clips is that they CAN'T trade him because of how well he's playing; dude is carrying their bench right now. So Bledsoe becomes the expendable piece, and likely Foye too. Williams also makes $7 million next year, so he's tougher to move.

The Clippers can't consider trading a guy that's averaging 14.8 points, 3.4 assists and 1.9 rebounds per night off their bench.

They could consider it, but not if they want to be contenders this year.

Williams has been around for a while, but remember he's still only 29 years old. He has a wealth of NBA experience and unlike Billups, he has enough years left in the tank to be a consistent veteran presence on this team for a long time.

Oh, and he's scoring almost 15 points a game off the bench—in case you didn't catch that.

The Clippers need to make a few more moves, but trading away Williams should not be one of them.


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