Memphis Grizzlies Rumors: Mo Williams Free Agent Target As Miami Heat, NY Knicks Interested, Delonte West Backup Option As LA Lakers Could Join Chase

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Jul 29, 2013 10:57 AM EDT
Utah Jazz guard Mo Williams
New York Knicks guard Pablo Prigioni (9) defends Utah Jazz guard Mo Williams (5) during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 18."

The NBA offseason is starting to move into the latter stages and after big names like Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Josh Smith signed deals, smaller names like Mo Williams and Delonte West remain on the market and some teams that are interested include the NY Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies and Miami Heat as well as the LA Lakers.

Williams is one of the more coveted free agents left and he has some interest from the Miami Heat after he previously played with LeBron James in Cleveland and he could also help mitigate the loss of Mike Miller after the team used the amnesty clause on him. Miller was solid for the team over the past few seasons, but injuries and his high salary added up to a release and now the team may add another shooter as they also chase Greg Oden.

Marc Stein from ESPN reports that Williams is high on the Memphis Grizzlies radar after the team made a run to the Western conference finals and he could end up joining Miller there after he signed a deal with the team after his release from the Heat. Williams was solid last season while averaging 12.9 points and 6.2 assists per game and the Jazz never planned on signing him to a new deal at 30-years-old, leaving him to find a new roster.

Williams said that he would be willing to take a minimum deal if no other higher offers come in and he brings experience after playing nine years in the league. Williams can shoot the three and while the Grizzlies aren't the strongest long range team, signing him could change all that. The Knicks and Lakers are also reportedly interested and that means Williams has a choice to make and it will likely depend on where he will play the most if the money is the same. Williams averaged 1.0 steals and 0.2 blocks on 43 percent shooting last season and he could be a solid addition to the roster.

Delonte West is still hoping to get back in the NBA and the Grizzlies and the Knicks are reportedly interested according to Bleacher Report. West averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 assists in 44 games with the Mavericks in 2011-12 and last season he tried making a comeback with the Texas Legends of the D-League and started eight games while averaging just over 10 points. If someone is desperate they could sign him on the cheap and adding him to a roster with Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith, Metta World Peace, Carmelo Anthony and Iman Shumpert could be a move for the Knicks.

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