Published: Thu, January 19, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Mo Williams to Nuggets

Denver gets closer to the salary floor, Atlanta get to shed Mo Williams' contract and the veteran point guard can now sign as a free agent (assuming he clears waivers), with a team that requires his services.

The Hawks sent Williams to the Nuggets in exchange for a traded player exception and the draft rights to 2005 draft pick Cenk Akyol.

It is also worth noting that the Nuggets have now come within $7.66 million of the NBA's salary cap floor due to briefly taking on Williams' $2.2 million contract.

He never suited up and was traded along with Mike Dunleavy the Hawks in the deal that sent Kyle Korver to Cleveland. If a team is not at the salary floor by the end of the season, they pay out the difference to their players.

Akyol, who plays professionally in Turkey, was drafted by Atlanta in 2005 and has never played in the National Basketball Association.

The Williams trade is not likely to be the last transaction that helps the Nuggets creep even closer toward the $84 million threshold this season.

The 34-year-old veteran announced his intention to retire in September, but he never filed the paperwork, which meant his rights were still technically owned by the Cleveland Cavaliers entering the 2016-17 campaign. He averaged 8.2 points and 2.4 assists in 18.2 minutes per game.

Neal has played six seasons in the National Basketball Association with San Antonio, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Minnesota and Washington, and has averaged 9.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists, logging 21.4 minutes in 350 games (31 starts). He has expressed a desire to play again in the National Basketball Association, but his future plans are immediately unclear.

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