With the injury to Kemba Walker keeping him sidelined for an extend period of time, the Charlotte Hornets have reportedly traded for Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Mo Williams. Williams started 19 games for the Timberwolves while Ricky Rubio was hurt, and averaged 12.2 points, 6.4 assists, and 2.4 rebounds per game.
The Hornets also received Troy Daniels from the Timberwolves, while the Hornets sent Gary Neal, and a 2019 2nd round pick which the Hornets received from the Heat in the Shabazz Napier to the Timberwolves.
Mo Williams thanked the Timberwolves organization on Twitter after the trade was announced, saying he enjoyed his time there.
Charlotte Hornets general manger Rich Cho said the following on Troy Daniels and Mo Willaims.
“We are excited to be adding two quality players to our organization,” Cho said. “Mo Williams is a proven NBA player who gives us additional versatility and depth in the backcourt, both while Kemba Walker is out and after Kemba returns.”
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders had the following to say on the trade.
“This was a difficult decision because of what Mo brought to our team and the impact he had on our young guys,” Wolves coach Saunders said in a statement. “As a coach, you wanted to keep him because of his professionalism and understanding of what you wanted out of him as a player.”
“[Williams] scored 52 points against Indiana and did everything we asked him to do,” Saunders also said. “On the other side, we knew we were moving in a different direction with our youth, so we felt it was in our best interest to make the deal. We thank Mo and Troy for their contributions and wish them the best of luck in Charlotte.”
“In moving Mo, we felt it was important to get a proven scorer and 3-point shooter like Gary,” Saunders said. “Gary was a solid rotation player with San Antonio for three years and an important contributor in the Spurs’ playoff runs. We also get a second-round pick, which is another future asset for us.”
The Hornets currently sit at the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference with the same record as the 8th seed Miami Heat.
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