NBA Rumors: Mo Williams Would Make Smart Choice Exercising Option with Clippers

Dan KuklaCorrespondent IIIJune 21, 2012

It hasn't been all smiles for Mo Williams in LA. That doesn't mean he shouldn't return to the team.
It hasn't been all smiles for Mo Williams in LA. That doesn't mean he shouldn't return to the team.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Even if Mo Williams vehemently hates his backup role with the Los Angeles Clippers, there are plenty of reasons he should still exercise his player option for 2012-13 by the June 30 deadline—8.5 million reasons, to be exact.

Williams may be able to sign a better deal with a new team now at age 29 then he can next summer at age 30. Neither route, however, is likely to land him more dough than he is due from just signing on the dotted line with LA. Rotoworld calls it a "no-brainer move."

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reports that Williams does not plan to opt out of the final year of his contract. She adds that the situation isn't that simple.

Los Angeles Times writer T.J. Simers details Williams' selfish attitude back in February. The point guard repeatedly made public his displeasure with coming off the bench.

Common sense tells you that signing back into a contentious situation is folly. If Williams doesn't like it in LA, opting out seems like an obvious way out. Sticking around only keeps him unhappy and hurts the team.


Only temporarily.

Luke Adams writes for that if Williams opts into the final year of his deal, he becomes both a trade candidate as a player on an expiring contract and perhaps even an amnesty candidate as well.

This is a way for Williams to get his money and his desired change of scenery.

Making himself trade bait still does come with its share of drawbacks. Williams would be able to choose his landing spot as a free agent.

Giving his rights back to the Clippers comes with the risk of being traded to another situation he doesn't like. It also comes with the risk of not being traded at all.

The aging point guard shouldn't be that greedy. Take the money first—then run.