With LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, there’s been questions about Mo Williams and Anderson Varejao–his former teammates from years ago.
Varejao still plays on the Cavs and he’ll likely be Cleveland’s starting power forward or center next season.
Meanwhile, Williams left the Cavs years ago and last played for the Portland Trail Blazers in a reserve role.
According to a report from ESPN on Friday, Williams is talking with the Dallas Mavericks.
“Mo is just one of our favorites and certainly the kind of guy that we’d love to have in our locker room,” Dallas president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson told the network. “[Williams has a] family of five that lives here and would be the perfect fit in a lot of respects.”
He added: “It’s just that he’s got some decisions to make in terms of really what he’s willing to take and what we can offer him and that kind of thing, but the discussions have really been ongoing. And we’ve been recruiting Mo for a few years now. Hopefully, this time we can make it happen.”
Meanwhile, there were rumors a few weeks ago that the Atlanta Hawks were pursuing Varejao, but it appears that never materialized.
James mentioned Varejao in his letter, saying he’s “coming home” to Cleveland, which was posted on Sports Illustrated’s website.
“I get a thrill out of bringing a group together and helping them reach a place they didn’t know they could go. I see myself as a mentor now and I’m excited to lead some of these talented young guys. I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates,” he wrote.
James, however, added that it’s “not about the roster or the organization. I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from.”