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    Mo Williams of Cleveland Cavaliers announces he will retire

    Mo Williams surprised the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday when his agent called hours before the start of training camp to inform the team that Williams will be retiring.

    After dealing with chondromalacia (chronic knee pain) last season and debating his future throughout the summer, Williams announced last week that he would return for a 14th season. He then reversed course.

    The Cavs were aware of Williams' indecision as the summer unfolded, but they have still lost their two primary backups to starting point guard Kyrie Irving. Matthew Dellavedova signed a four-year, $38.5 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, and Williams has now retired.

    "It was in debate what Mo was going to do; he vacillated a little bit," Griffin said. "So we were planning for this eventuality. We're comfortable with where we are at the point guard position."

    The Cavs drafted a point guard, Kay Felder, with the No. 54 pick last summer. They also have Jordan McRae, a player who finished the season with the team last year after being called up from the D-League. Of course, LeBron James also is expected to get significant minutes at point guard.

    The Cavs' lack of depth at point guard was a factor in Williams briefly decision to continue playing.

    "I just thought about repeating, thought about another championship and I didn't want to put the Cavs in a situation where [they didn't have a] guy [who] could come in and play five to 10 minutes that could help them win and be a difference," Williams told last week.

    Williams is owed $2.2 million in the upcoming season. Griffin declined to comment on whether the team would seek to buy out the contract as part of a retirement settlement.