May 19, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili (20) guards Los Angeles Clippers point guard Mo Williams (25) in the second half of game three of the Western Conference semi finals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Staples Center. San Antonio Spurs won 96-86. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE

Mo Williams Still Undecided About $8 Million Opt-in Contract Clause

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Mo Williams has no intention of opting out of the final year of his contract, but his situation is a bit precarious. To pt into the contract would be to put himself at best as backup point guard on the Clippers, and with the emergenc of Eric Bledsoe this post-season possibly even third string.

“Mo’s a professional and I think he showed that last season,” Bartelstein said. “He had a great year under difficult circumstances. That said, he’s a starting point guard. He’s an All-Star starting point guard. So we’ll look at everything and see what makes sense.”

Williams’ agent Mark Bartelstein told Wednesday night that he and the Clippers are trying to “find a solution” to the situation. When Williams came to the Clippers, he thought he was coming into a starting role, and then the Chris Paul trade happened and Chauncey Billups got picked up off the waiver wire.

Williams has until June 30 to make a decision on the final year of his contract. Bartelstein said both he and the Clippers are “kind of exploring everything”, and hopefully an agreement can be reached that will suit both sides.

The Clippers do not have any first round draft picks this off-season, and would be a little bit above the cap if Williams opts into his contract. This would give them very little netotatiating room considering they can only add pieces to next year’s roster through trade or free agency. It is moments like these where the Clippers will miss Neil Olshey’s negotiating ability.

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