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Timberwolves sign former Jazzman Mo Williams

Published: Thursday, July 30 2015 2:47 a.m. MDT

Free agent guard Mo Williams, right, is introduced as joining the Portland Trail Blazers last season. He signed a 1-year deal with the Timberwolves on Monday. Williams has played 11 seasons in the NBA with stops in Milwaukee, Cleveland, the Clippers and Utah. Williams played for Olshey when he was with the Clippers. (The Oregonian, Thomas Boyd, Associated Press) Free agent guard Mo Williams, right, is introduced as joining the Portland Trail Blazers last season. He signed a 1-year deal with the Timberwolves on Monday. Williams has played 11 seasons in the NBA with stops in Milwaukee, Cleveland, the Clippers and Utah. Williams played for Olshey when he was with the Clippers. (The Oregonian, Thomas Boyd, Associated Press)

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves and free-agent guard Mo Williams have agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.75 million.

Williams' agency, Priority Sports, announced the agreement on Monday. Williams is coming off an up-and-down season with the Portland Trail Blazers, but the Timberwolves see the veteran combo guard as an ideal pairing with rookie Zach LaVine on the team's second unit.

Williams averaged 9.7 points last season for his lowest total since his rookie year in 2003-04. He turns 32 in December and gives the Wolves some much-needed experience behind starting guards Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin.

The agreement also could mean veteran J.J. Barea is on his way out. Barea is entering the final year of his contract.

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