Charles Gardner has more on the Mo Williams deal. Interesting to hear his comments now about how he wasn't that serious about joining the Heat...tough to tell if it's all posturing after the fact.
There's also a mention at the end of the article about the team's continued negotiations with Charlie Bell.
Although Miami president and coach Pat Riley made his best recruiting pitch to Williams, the 6-foot-1 guard said he had to be pushed to even make the visit to South Beach.
"The funny thing about it, I didn't want to go in the first place," Williams said. "I was saying, 'Let's get it done with Milwaukee.'"
But agent Mark Bartelstein convinced Williams to at least consider the Heat, which desperately wanted to add a point guard to a lineup featuring Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal. Miami was over the salary cap and could offer a maximum of $31.4 million on a five-year deal.
"Everything that looks good on the outside, not everything is peaches and cream on the other side," Williams said. "I know what to expect here. With the talent we have here, bringing Desmond (Mason) back and playing for Larry K. (Krystkowiak), who is a great motivator, things are looking really good.
"I know this team is going to be a good team next year. That wasn't a doubt."
Bell also is represented by Bartelstein, the agent for Williams and Bucks forward Bobby Simmons.
"We've been talking throughout the process with Mo," Harris said. "We certainly know he (Bell) wants to be here, and we want to have him here."
Watch video of the Desmond Mason press conference.