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Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

Posted on: February 9, 2012 1:39 pm
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Mo Williams wants the Clippers to tell him they love him. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

After the Clippers acquired Chris Paul, the obvious assumption was that Mo Williams was instant trade bait. The Clips just picked up CP3, just signed Chauncey Billups and had youngster Eric Bledsoe as a third option.

But the Clippers held on to Williams and it has paid off big time. He's having a Sixth Man Award caliber year off the L.A. bench and even has gotten a little chatter to be named an All-Star. He's been nothing short of terrific and a big part of the Clipper rotation.

And he wants to be recognized for it. As he told T.J. Simers of the L.A. Times, he just wants "to know where I stand with the Clippers." Which is another way of saying, "Pay me."
"I want to play," he says in explaining his attitude, but what he really means to say is, he wants to start. But aren't Paul and Billups better players?

"I'll let you decide," Williams says. "They are teammates of mine, so I won't say."

I help him out: They are much better than you are. Now Billups is out, and Coach Vinny Del Negro is going with Randy Foye as his starter instead of Williams. Obvious question for Williams: Are you upset about this?

"For this team I have a role," he says, "whether I accept it or not."

And does he accept it, his job still to come off the bench and provide energy and scoring?

"Like I said, I'm playing basketball," he says.
Williams has two years left on his deal pay him $8.5 million a season. The Clippers have said they don't see him as simply trade bait and with the injury to Billups, that will likely be true. But he still wants an extension and he wants a better role.
"The way they tell you they love you every day is by signing you to a contract extension," Williams says.

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"This has nothing to do with money," Williams says.

Any time an athlete says it has nothing to do with the money, it has everything to do with money.

"You misinterpreted what I said," Williams says. "This has nothing to do with money; I just don't know where I stand.

"I could be traded tomorrow. I could be traded next week or before March 15, [the trade deadline], or before next season. They aren't going to trade Blake Griffin."

I help him out again. "You are not in the same class as Blake Griffin," and he seems surprised.

"I'm not looking for anything," he says. "I'll approach every day the same and be prepared to play, but in a month I could be gone. I'm just answering your questions now."
For a guy that's had a bit of a rebirth on a team most didn't see being this good before the CP3 trade, he sure does seem a bit disgruntled. Selfish, even. He has a role, is playing a lot and doing his job well. He's getting paid well and the Clippers have said they aren't going to trade him. What more does he want? A contract extension? Who doesn't want one? Financial security is wonderful, but worry about that later. Focus on doing your job every night and that'll take care of itself.

The Clippers need Williams more than ever now. Without Billups, Williams is as important a player as they have, not named Blake or Chris. He's their top option off the bench and a major part of their success. If he doesn't realize that or needs the Clippers to tell him that in the form of a contract extension, then I'd just say he's got his priorities mixed up.
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Since: Mar 16, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:38 pm
 

Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

he thought he'd be thrust into starting lineup with Billups out and Del Negro kept him as the 6th man. It's similar to being passed over for a promotion, no?
Personally (and as a long-time Clippers fan), I don't agree with this "passed over for a promotion" statement. This non-move should be actually be taken as a compliment to Mo. His value this season has been a shot in the arm off the bench and moving him into the starting lineup would, IMHO, weaken LA's depth more than help their starting five at this point. Starting at the two, Foye can get the same 12-15 PPG as Chauncey was getting (probably just not as clutch) and keep Mo vying for Sixth Man of the Year!

Go Clips! 



Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:55 pm
 

Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

90% of Americans don't make millions of dollars a year.

     If u believe this statement u made then I think u fall right into that category buddy.



Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:45 pm
 

Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

Mo Williams,Mo playing time,Mo money, Mo useless articles.....Mo-ve on!



Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:43 pm
 

Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

Mo Williams,Molaying time,Mo money, Mo useless articles Mo-ve on!



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:00 pm
 

Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

Send him to New Orleans, that'll be what he deserves!  Oh wait, Stern will just veto it!!!




Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:24 pm
 

Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

Mo Williams really has nothing to complain about. You don't extend with 2 years remaining on your deal, period. Also, the Clippers are loaded at PG and SG, so they need to know where they stand with Foye, Bledsoe, and Billups before they go long term here. 


Foye is not that great of a player, and I dunno what he'd command. Bledsoe's rookie deal ends next year I think, and that's a good time to re-evaluate. I think Chauncey likes being a clipper, but if he can get healthy, he may bolt for Miami like he wanted to in the first place.


Griffin is gonna need his max deal soon too. I really don't think the clippers have the money to extend Williams at $8M a year for a backup PG. That's 16M for Paul, 16M for Griffin, $12M for Jordan, and $8M for Butler already.      



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:43 pm
 

Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

I think that number is much higher than 90 percent.



Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 8:12 pm
 

Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

I think he has 2 years left on his current contract.  Owners don't get refunds for players that underachieve, so play out the contract.  Maybe LAC will extend next year if you play well for the rest of this year.  Stop complaining.  Play ball.  



Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:07 pm
 

Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

A little incoherent ACC wouldn't you say? You seem to be trying to mount an attack of some sort but you can't make a cogent point. Go back to school and this time hope that one of your sisters isn't your teacher. Dope.



Since: Dec 28, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:00 pm
 

Mo Williams is frustrated with the Clippers

90% of Americans don't make millions of dollars a year.


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