The Wolves on Monday signed 31-year-old Mo Williams to a one-year contract reportedly worth $3.75 million. Williams is a combo guard, but mostly a point guard at 6-foot-1. What does this move mean? Let’s take a stab at it:
*It likely means J.J. Barea’s days in Minnesota are done. Barea has one year left on his contract, and there is absolutely no sense in having Ricky Rubio, Barea and Williams on the roster. While Alexey Shved’s roster spot could also be in jeopardy, this move in particular appears to impact Barea the most. It would be amusing if Barea winds up as part of a Kevin Love trade and follows him to Cleveland, seeing as how the two had a public flareup last season.
*Speaking of a potential Love trade, this would seem to indicate the Wolves know that Barea will be a part of it — whether he winds up in Cleveland to stay is another question — since they would not sign Williams if they didn’t have a way out with Barea. Would they? Please tell us they wouldn’t. This isn’t David Kahn’s Point Guard Central anymore.
*This means the Wolves now have a player who, at age 26, was the second-best player on a LeBron-led Cavs team that lost in the Eastern Conference finals. In other words, he was six years ago what Love will be in 2014-15 (cheap shot alert).
*This means the Wolves have a backup point guard who should be able to capably and reliably run the second unit. And he’s a career 38.5 percent three-percent shooter, a nice boost.
*It also means the Wolves acquired a player who is on his fifth team in six years. That can happen for a variety of reasons, but it is notable.
*It will be interesting to see, assuming Williams and Rubio are healthy, who plays the bulk of the fourth-quarter minutes. Those often went to Barea last year, and the results can politely be described as mixed.
*It means tattoos. So many tattoos.