Damian Lillard certainly wishes the organization could find a way. According to CSNNW.com’s Chris Haynes, “[Lillard] admitted that it was a bit difficult to wrap his mind around the fact that his ‘brother’ wouldn’t be around anymore.”
Per Haynes, Lillard said, “[Williams has] always been there for me. When I did something wrong, he was the first one showing me how I should have done it. When I did something good, he was the first person telling me how proud he was of me.”
In short, Williams was a mentor—the right guy at the right time for Lillard, an influence who no doubt paid dividends on a young team looking to do big things.
Haynes noted separately that, when asked which free agent he wanted his Trail Blazers to pursue, Lillard texted, “Yeah…Mo Williams.”
Instead, Portland signed Steve Blake—potentially spelling the end of Williams’ tenure with the franchise.
Still on the market, Williams’ options may be narrowing. With few reports indicating the options up for consideration, one can only speculate about where he’d be a strong fit.
Here are five options that make sense.