Timberwolves Complete Mo Williams to Charlotte Trade
Kemba Walker is still over a month away from a return from a knee surgery and Brian Roberts just wasn’t cutting it anymore. With the Charlotte Hornets on the cusp of returning to the NBA playoffs for the second year in a row, the franchise made sure they weren’t hurting at the point guard spot anymore by swinging a trade for Minnesota Timberwolves backup point guard, Mo Williams.
The deal sends Gary Neal and a future draft pick to the Timberwolves, with point guards Mo Williams and Troy Daniels headed to Charlote. It’s a massive move by the Hornets, who have stayed alive in the playoff chase but were in dire need of an upgrade at the point guard position.
While Roberts was arguably a serviceable backup for a few games, it had become clear over the past couple of weeks that with Walker out, he was a major liability. With Williams in tow, the Hornets potentially take a huge step up on offense, both in facilitating and scoring from the lead guard spot.
Minnesota is said to be already working on a buyout with Neal, which could potentially allow him to latch on with a contending playoff team. Neal provides a scoring spark off the bench, but doesn’t necessarily fit in with the Timberwolves’ immediate or future plans.
Mo Williams probably isn’t in line to hit the floor for Charlotte right away (they play on Tuesday night), but he should be in line to start for the Hornets not too long after. The addition of Williams doesn’t guarantee the playoffs for Charlotte, but it certainly gives the team a better chance to keep their head above water until Kemba Walker can return to full strength. On top of that, if the team can remain in the playoff picture when Walker gets back, Williams will only provide added depth.
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