NBA Trade Rumors: Clippers Need to Ride out Backcourt Until Trade Deadline

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistDecember 20, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 07:  Mo Williams #25 of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts to a call during their game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 7, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. .  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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When a player like Chauncey Billups comes along, you know your starting spot is in trouble.

When a player like Chris Paul is added just days later you know your roster spot, in that city at least, is in jeopardy.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Mo Williams was supposed to be the club's starting point guard alongside Eric Gordon this year.

That all changed in a flash, and now Williams is the odd man out behind CP3 and Billups and will have to battle for minutes in rotation with Eric Bledsoe and Randy Foye.

Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times quotes Williams as being willing to accept his new role:

"Obviously, man, your pride is hit," Williams said. "Then once you get outside of the pride part of it, you start looking at the basketball aspect of it.

"And everybody in the world knows I want to win. Everybody in the world knows that it's a good move for the city of Los Angeles. It's a good move for the Clippers organization. Outside of that, outside of my pride, that was just me getting over it."

"You just got to be a pro, first of all. Some guys never recover from this. I talked with my closest friends and even my wife. You've got to be strong and you've got to be confident in yourself to get over this and I know I'm confident. I know I'm going to earn minutes, so I'm not really too concerned.

And he really shouldn't be.

If history is any indication, CP3 and Chauncey Billups are going to need a rest in this lockout-shortened season.

Paul's troublesome knee is very well-documented, and Billups came up lame for the Knicks last season after the Carmelo Anthony trade.

Williams is not just going to be that first role player, he could easily be needed in a starting capacity again this season.

There is possibility of the Clippers moving Mo Williams should he become unhappy or other teams come calling, but the Clippers will be best served holding onto the veteran for as long as possible.