Jazz (re)acquire Mo Williams
The trade explained:
Other semi-related/relevant bits:
** The trade trended worldwide on Twitter.
** David Locke on 1280: This deal is all about one word: toughness. Tyrone Corbin wants the stamp on his basketball team to be toughness. Physical play toughness, and he believes Mo Williams brings that.
** Mo was on the Jazz in the last Jazz game I was at.
** Mo called Al Jefferson the night Al was traded to the Jazz (everyone in Mississippi knows each other). In the words of Al: “[Mo Williams called me the night the trade went through and told me], ‘You’re going to love [Jerry Sloan]…he’s going to treat you like a man, he’s going to treat you with respect.'” (from the archives)
** From 2009:
Before the game and again afterward, Williams made a point of going to the Jazz bench to shake hands with the Utah coaches and with general manager Kevin O’Connor.
“I just wished them luck,” said Williams. “I’ll always have a special place in my heart for (the Jazz) organization, especially for Jerry Sloan and Phil Johnson. When I was a rookie, in my opinion, (playing for the Jazz) was the best experience I’ve had as an athlete thus far for my career. They were extremely fair. … They really put in the work to help me get better as a basketball player and helped me learn the point guard position.” (DN)
** The Jazz have also picked up their options for Jamaal Tinsley and DeMarre Carroll, and tendered a qualifying offer to Jeremy Evans. (Get off our effin’ lawn, Portland.)