Mo Williams Only a Tiny Component of the Clippers' Offseason Uncertainty
This bit just in, courtesy of Ramona Shelburne of ESPN LA:
Williams' agent Mark Bartelstein told ESPNLosAngeles.com Wednesday night that he and the Clippers are trying to "find a solution" to the situation. Namely, Williams is a former All-Star point guard who spent most of last season playing out of position at shooting guard and coming off the bench following the trade for Chris Paul and the acquisition of Chauncey Billups.
"Mo's a professional and I think he showed that last season," Bartelstein said. "He had a great year under difficult circumstances. That said, he's a starting point guard. He's an All-Star starting point guard. So we'll look at everything and see what makes sense."
Just going to sidestep the All-Star starting point guard bit. Just going to leave that right where it is.
In itself, the news that Williams' position with the Clippers may be a bit fluid is hardly breaking news, but the idea that the team seems to be actively exploring their options in regard to his future only adds to an unstable scene in Los Angeles.
Six different Clippers rotation players will enter the summer as unrestricted free agents, meaning that the potential for Williams' potential departure is really just a smidgen of the greater anarchy.
The good news: Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan will likely all be Clippers next season. As will Caron Butler, Eric Bledsoe, Ryan Gomes, Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie.
But every other player in Vinny Del Negro's rotation is pretty much up for grabs, which should make the 2012-2013 Clips another experiment in makeshift team building. It was pretty amazing to watch Neil Olshey piece together a roster on the fly last year, and though the Clippers will be without Olshey's services in the coming season, they'll undoubtedly operate with a similarly dynamic roster and be tasked with operating in a similar capacity.
That said, it's unlikely that things will turn out quite so neatly next time around; Olshey's team-building instincts are one thing, but the Clips flat-out lucked into some highly useful players by continuing to work free agency and the waiver system throughout the season.
They pulled in Chauncey Billups at good value. The acquired Nick Young without giving up much of anything in return. They signed Reggie Evans and Kenyon Martin with the season in progress.
Those aren't opportunities that arise often, and that the Clippers were able to string together so many fortunate gets was an improbable bit of happenstance and a testament to the allure of Paul and Griffin.
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