Mo Williams may have played his last game in the NBA. League sources say the 13-year veteran is contemplating retirement.
The Cleveland Cavaliers owe the one-time All-Star $2.2 million next season. Should he decide to call it quits, the team can waive him before the “stretch” deadline on Wednesday.
According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, waiving Williams will be a good business move for the Cavaliers. It will allow the team to pay his $2.2 million salary in the next three years, as opposed to just one season.
The Cavaliers are already $23.6 million over the salary cap. Waiving Williams would reduce the team’s luxury tax obligations for next summer. On the down side, Williams’ retirement would leave rookie Kay Felder as the only backup point guard behind Kyrie Irving.
With the Cavaliers way over the salary cap, Dan Gilbert and company have zero room to sign high-priced free agents. Players such as Kendall Marshall and Andre Miller are more realistic options.
Marshall last played for the Philadelphia 76ers this past season. He averaged 3.7 points and 2.4 assists in 13 minutes of play.
As for Miller, the 17-year journeyman is gearing for an NBA comeback. He last played for the San Antonio Spurs during the 2015-16 season. He proved to be a decent substitute for the injured Tony Parker. He scored 4.3 points, dished out 2.2 assists and grabbed 2.1 rebounds in his only season with the Spurs.
Norris Cole is also a player the Cavaliers can add to its roster. Vardon stated that the team would need to trade Williams’ contract in order to have enough salary cap space for Cole.
Cole knows what it takes to be a part of a super team. He was a member of the Miami Heat when LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh led the team to back-to-back championships. The Cavaliers should move fast as the Minnesota Timberwolves could be close to reaching a deal with the 27-year-old Ohio native.