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As the offseason continues, we’ll keep you updated every night.
What’s happening today?
Mo Williams signs two year deal with Portland
The deal, which holds a player option for the second year, will be worth $2.8 million annually. If Williams plays well, he will likely opt out and test the open market again next summer.
Williams, one of the top free agents available, had received plenty of interest on the market. Both the Heat and Grizzlies had been heavily pursuing him for the veteran’s minimum. Williams, however, opted to take more money and a bigger role with an upstart Blazers team.
With Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum already on the roster, Williams will presumably assume the role as the team’s veteran backcourt leader. I would not be surprised to see the former All Star slide into a similar role to one Jarrett Jack held with the Warriors last season.
Entering his 11th season, the 30-year-old owns career averaged of 13.8 points and 5.0 assists per game. Last year, with the Jazz, Williams averaged 12.9 points and 6.2 assists.
Shabazz Muhammad sent home from NBA rookie program
USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt reports that Shabazz Muhammad was sent home from the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program for violation of a rule and bringing a female guest into his hotel room.
According to sources, Muhammad and nearly 50 other rookies were explicitly told not to bring guests into their hotel rooms unless they were otherwise approved by program administrators.
The four day orientation is intended to help rookies transition into the league through a series of seminars and guest speakers.
On the court, Muhammad’s scoring ability is undeniable. Off the court, however, Muhammad has been scrutinized for his faulty decision making.
The 14th overall pick in the draft will have to return to the program next summer to complete it.
Muhammad is not the first player to be excused from the orientation. In 2008, former Kansas teammates Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur were expelled from the program after they were caught with women and the scent of marijuana in their room. Both were fined $20,000 by the league.