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Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:175 lbs. / 79.4 kg.
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:175 lbs. / 79.4 kg.
Speaking on Tim and Sid on Sportsnet on Monday, Williams admitted he was “kind of a little disappointed I wasn’t allowed to stay in Toronto, but things happen, you move forward.” Williams said he even offered the Raptors a chance to match the Lakers deal, but Masai Ujiri and Co. told him to take the offer. “I think the playoffs just left a sour taste in everybody’s mouths,” Williams said, before adding, “we were all disappointed with how the playoffs ended. When things like that happen, you don’t know what to expect. I really wanted to be a part of what they were building there.”
The Lakers did not accumulate the talent they wanted, striking out on free agent bigfish named LaMarcus Aldridge, Greg Monroe and DeAndre Jordan. But the Lakers collected a decent consolation prize in Lou Williams, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year who could ease Bryant’s workload because they both share the same position and love for scoring. “When he goes out, I’m sure I’ll be coming in,” Williams said of Bryant in a phone interview on Monday with Los Angeles News Group. “That’s how it will work. We won’t have too many lapses. We’ll be able to keep the scoring level going and give him an opportunity to get a breather and then he’ll come back in.”
Basketball Insiders: How did this deal come together? When did the Lakers start showing interest in you? Louis Williams: “Well, they were one of the first teams to reach out to me once free agency began and they just started to touch base with us. At that point, we weren’t sure what direction we were heading in because we wanted to see if [returning to] Toronto was going to work out. Then, yesterday, the talks got a little bit more serious and it just looked like a good opportunity for me to take. It really only took, like, five minutes to get done once we entered serious talks.”
Basketball Insiders: This is a great opportunity for you, but you’re also leaving a situation in Toronto where you were successful, won Sixth Man of the Year and got name-dropped in Drake songs (laughs). Was it tough to move on from the Raptors and leave that organization? Louis Williams: “Just to speak candidly, it caught me by surprise that we didn’t get something done. I made it clear that I wanted to be there and I thought, with the type of year that I had, the feeling would be mutual. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. I think they wanted to go in a different direction and become more of a defensive-minded team. With the way that the playoffs ended, I think it left a sour taste in management’s mouth and they went out and picked up defensive players. They got DeMarre [Carroll], they got Cory Joseph, they got [Bismack] Biyombo – guys who they feel like can help them on the defensive end. They told me, basically, that I could walk. That was unfortunate, but it’ll work out for both sides. They got a guy who is from Toronto, Canada who will replace me in Cory and now I have an opportunity to continue my career as well, so it worked out for everybody.”
Los Angeles Lakers have engaged in negotiations with free agent guard Lou Williams and free agent forward Brandon Bass and intend to enter into player contracts with them at the conclusion of the NBA Moratorium Period, it was announced today by General Manger Mitch Kupchak.
Shams Charania: Free agent Lou Williams has reached agreement on a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league source tells RealGM.: 7 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent Lou Williams has agreed to a 3-year, $21 million deal with Lakers, league sources tell Yahoo: 7 more rumors
Michael Scotto: Lou Williams has agreed to a 3-year, $21 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers that has NO options in the deal, a league source says.: 7 more rumors
Jake Fischer: The Sacramento Kings will begin discussions with free agents Josh Smith and Lou Williams today, according to league sources.: 2 more rumors
The Heat and free agent guard Lou Williams (the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year) have mutual interest, according to someone with direct knowledge, but this would require a sign-and-trade with Toronto because Williams will command more than the taxpayer’s midlevel.
The Heat and free agent guard Lou Williams (the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year) have mutual interest, according to someone with direct knowledge, but this would require a sign-and-trade with Toronto because Williams will command more than the taxpayer’s midlevel.: 7 more rumors
Mike Scotto: New York Knicks have expressed interest in guard Lou Williams, league sources tells Sheridan Hoops.: 7 more rumors
Expect sharp-shooting sixth man Lou Williams to reach out to the Heat, among select other teams, when NBA free agency starts on July 1. Williams (who ranked 15th in the league this season with 152 three-pointers) might be affordable only if two among Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade or Luol Deng leaves. Otherwise, the Heat would have only exception money ($5.5 million or $3.4 million, depending on whether it incurs a luxury tax).
The Raptors and Williams have expressed a mutual interest, and there will be a window early in free agency for Toronto to finalize an agreement that’s viable for the 6-foot-1 guard. As one of the most potent scorers on the market, Williams could scan leaguewide possibilities of a three-year deal in the range of $27 million or four years for $35 million.
Toronto free agent Lou Williams is expected to receive strong interest from teams that include the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, providing a clear competition for the Raptors to retain the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year, league sources told RealGM.: 7 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Toronto guard Lou Wiliams, NBA’s 6th Man of Year, has joined w/ agent Wallace Prather, Prather tells Y!Williams is unrestricted free agent.
As long as the Raps can re-sign Williams at a palatable number of his own, it’s believed they want him back as well, no matter how badly they need frontcourt upgrades. Which speaks to the sort of splash Williams made in his first season in Canada, arriving via trade with Atlanta on the day before free agency commenced last summer and going on to win the league’s highest honor for reserves.
Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala got seven first-place votes, 16 second-place votes and 17 third-place votes for a total of 100 points in the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year balloting — and finished fourth, 402 points behind winner Lou Williams of Toronto. “I was hoping I didn’t get it,” Iguodala said before Monday’s Game 2. “I really didn’t have a good year, so I’m glad Lou got it. That’s my man. He had a great year for their team, and he’s deserved it a few years.”
“I’m very confident that this is where I’m going to be for a number of years in the future,” Williams said. “So hopefully it works out there. I’m a creature of habit, a product of my environment. And once I’m somewhere I like to be comfortable there. And this team, this city and this organization has embraced me as one of their own and I look forward to being here.”