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Years Experience: 10
Free-Agency Status: Unrestricted
2012-13 Per-Game Stats: 12.9 points, 2.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.0 steals on 43 percent shooting.
Mo Williams would be higher if it weren't true that the idea of him joining the Knicks for the minimum is about as whimsical as a Felton sighting at the gym.
Sheer logic hasn't stopped New York from lodging an inquiry, according to Berman. Then again, it never does (see every Knicks free-agency rumor ever).
Keeping the Knicks in play is the belief that Williams will consider signing with a contending team for next to nothing. If that proves to be the case, some believe he'll opt to join an organization like the San Antonio Spurs or Miami Heat, or any team that can be perceived as a championship favorite.
In a much-improved Eastern Conference, the Knicks don't appear to fall under the category of "championship favorite." Not with teams like the Heat, Indiana Pacers, Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls all seemingly better on paper.
New York's saving grace, however, is the lineup it runs. The Knicks could bench either Felton or Prigioni (Felton, please) in favor of Williams, whom I consider to be a more restrained, and therefore efficient, version of Monta Ellis.
Shooting 38.6 percent from behind the rainbow for his career, Williams is able to play either guard position. According to Synergy Sports (subscription required), he drained more than 44 percent of his spot-up threes with the Utah Jazz last year.
Off-ball prowess is something the Knicks will be very interested in, as is someone who can seamlessly transition into their rather unconventional (and shallow) backcourt rotation. Provided Williams is willing to take a steep pay cut, you sign him. Then start him.
If he elects to take less elsewhere, then you simply hope he doesn't wind up on an Eastern Conference rival.