Memphis Grizzlies Look to Add a Scoring Threat in Mo Williams

Eric GuyCorrespondent IIIJuly 31, 2013

Mo Williams would be a fine addition in Memphis.
Mo Williams would be a fine addition in Memphis.Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Mo Williams is still in need of a place to call home. However, that might be changing pretty soon. 

Recently, Williams traveled to Memphis to meet with the Grizzlies, according to Memphis radio host Chris Vernon.

In addition, one twitter account revealed that the 30-year-old point guard has allegedly spent a number of days meeting with team officials.

Although the Grizzlies already have a score-in-bunches-type guard in Jerryd Bayless coming off the bench, bringing in Williams would be a smart move. 

On an underachieving Utah Jazz squad, Williams averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 assists on 43 percent shooting from the field in 30.8 minutes of action last season. In addition, Williams shot 38.3 percent from downtown.

For years, Memphis' primary means of engineering baskets have been by way of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph playing bully ball down low underneath the basket. Adding a three-point sniper in Williams would force defenders to apply added pressure to the perimeter, thus creating easier looks in the high-and-low-post areas for Gasol and Randolph.  

In addition, Williams would take pressure off of Memphis' lone perimeter threats in Bayless, Mike Conley and Quincy Pondexter to produce from the outside. During the 2012-13 regular season, the Grizzlies finished tied for 26th in the league in scoring at 93.4. Likewise, the team shot an abysmal 34.5 percent from three-point territory. 

As a combo guard, Williams can play at either guard position, which would allow the Grizzlies to have more flexibility in terms of offensive sets. 

With many teams in the Western Conference adding different dimensions to their style of play, Memphis would be wise to address their perimeter needs by signing Williams. 

In a Southwest Division that features the San Antonio Spurs and the new-look Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans, bringing in a proven veteran who can put the ball in the basket at any given moment would certainly be a fine addition in Memphis.