Valentine’s Day is in a week, TBJers. I hope you’ve booked your restaurant reservations and bought delicious candies for that special someone in your life. It’s the one day a year when we’re allowed to show those around us that we love them, so it’s best to make it special.
If you haven’t found the perfect gift yet, let me recommend to you what Mo Williams is hoping to get from the Los Angeles Clippers this February 14. From the Los Angeles Times:
“If you have a girlfriend and she tells you she loves you every day, obviously you know she loves you,” Williams says.
So does he want the Clippers to tell him every day they love him?
“The way they tell you they love you every day is by signing you to a contract extension,” Williams says.
That comes from an article where T.J. Simers is basically fighting Mo Williams about whether or not he deserves a contract extension right now. It’s a very strange read, but I think this is very good advice.
If you want to show somebody that you love them, just ensure their financial stability by offering them a sizable extension that is cap-friendly and falls within the regulations held forth by the collective bargaining agreement. Maybe buy a card and put the contract in there so things look nice, but this is a pretty much perfect gift as is. Try it with your significant other. I’m sure they’ll love it.
Just like I’m sure Mo Williams would love to get a Ninja Turtles Valentine of his own, even though Donald Sterling is a notoriously bad gift-giver. He’s only got $17 million and the rest of this season and next season left on the contract he signed with the Bucks back in 2007. He’s 29 years old and he’s playing some of the best basketball of his career, so it makes sense he’d want to lock in his last big contract. Get money money and all that.
However, you can also see why the Clippers could be hesitant to give up the green. They’ve got a couple of guys to pay — Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Solomon Jones — before they decide if they can spend $9 million a year on a backup guard. Plus, you know, the Donald Sterling cheapness factor.
But if there’s any time for Mo Williams to prove he’s worth the money, it’s now. Chauncey Billups is out for the season and the Clippers are contending for a championship. Just like you’re being really nice to your honey right now to get a good gift, Mo’s definitely going to be doing his best to show how important he is to the Clippers. If he plays his cards right, it’s pay day. If not, it’s another terrible Whitman’s Sampler.