HoopsHype Louis Williams rumors


February 5, 2015 Updates

The Raptors have five ending contracts: Amir Johnson ($7 million), Landry Fields ($6.25 million), Chuck Hayes ($5.95 million), Lou Williams ($5.45 million) and Tyler Hansbrough ($3.32 million). It’s unlikely the Raptors look at anything involving Williams, but it seems that any combination of the others would get traction from Toronto’s side. The Raptors do own almost all of their future picks both in the first round and the second round, with their 2015 second going to Atlanta as the only traded pick at this point. The Raptors do have a couple of pick swap options, but for the most part they have draft picks to play with if so inclined. Basketball Insiders

January 23, 2015 Updates

Williams is averaging 15.1 points per game and once again is proving to be one of the best reserves in the NBA - he led the 76ers in scoring as a reserve in his final season here. He said the biggest problem with the deliberately bad 76ers (8-34) is that there simply are no true veterans to guide the young team. "It's like the blind leading the blind because they don't have veterans on the roster," Williams said Thursday after the Raptors' practice on Temple's campus. "You don't know what's around the corner; you don't know what's coming next. "There are just a whole lot of things - like how hard it is to play with the all-star break right around the corner - that you have to know to be successful in this league. They probably still don't know that every team is going to try to come in and whip their [behinds] because they are still trying to learn the league, so it's very tough on them." Philadelphia Inquirer

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Going into his 10th season, Williams wants to feel part of something. Joining a hardworking Raptors team has given him a renewed feeling of purpose. “I think one of the best benefits of it is being in a position where you feel wanted,” Williams said. “When they traded for me and had the conversation, they want me here. It wasn’t a money thing. It wasn’t just something to do. They felt they had a void they needed to fill coming off the bench and I’m excited to help. I feel wanted. I feel like I have a responsibility with this basketball team and that’s the best way I can operate.” NBA.com

August 11, 2014 Updates

Williams gives the Raptors another weapon in their already-deep backcourt, which also features Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Greivis Vazquez. When healthy, Williams has been one of the league’s best sixth men and he’s looking forward to bringing energy and instant offense off of the Toronto bench. He believes he fits in better with the Raptors than he did with the Hawks and head coach Mike Budenholzer. “I was actually in L.A. [when the trade happened] – I was in L.A. working out and at the same time having some quiet time with my family,” Williams told Basketball Insiders. “So I was out in L.A. and Danny Ferry gave me a call and said they were exploring some options. He didn’t want me to be blindsided. About three days later, I got traded to Toronto. Basketball Insiders

“I am excited to a part of a young core, I am excited be on a team that wants me, that has a high expectation level for me. My time here in Atlanta, I realized that they were going in a direction that probably didn’t fit my style of play and I probably didn’t fit Coach Bud’s style of play. I’m a guy that needs the ball to be effective and they really didn’t need that from me. They were building a different core of a basketball team. I felt like it worked out for both sides, they got some talented guys in making moves this offseason and I feel great about the fit that I’m in.” Basketball Insiders

July 28, 2014 Updates

Shawn Marion salutes the Mavericks and the city of Dallas on the new track “I’m A Champion”, featuring T-Pain, Dorrough and Young Cash. The single is part of the upcoming album, Full Court Press, Vol. 1, which will feature verses by NBA players Iman Shumpert, Stephen Jackson and Lou Williams, among others. Full Court Press, Vol. 1 will have 10 tracks, including “Welcome to NY” with Iman Shumpert & Ma$e, “Winning Streak” with Twista, Willie Taylor & Carlos Boozer, “Go Hard” featuring Bun B & Stephen Jackson, “We Hoopin’ (Yeah Boy)” with Charlie Villanueva & Royce Da 5’9, and “Airtime” featuring Future, Sean Garrett, Rocko & Lou Williams. Full Court Press, Vol.1 will be released this fall, with proceeds benefitting the ‘nPlay Foundation in its mission to battle childhood obesity. SLAM

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December 2, 2013 Updates

David Aldridge: Were dealing with those little inconveniences worse than the rehab? Louis Williams: Definitely. 'Cause it's all mental. At that point it's like, if I can't use the bathroom, will I ever be able to play again? The mental aspect of it is worse than the physical. The great part about it was once I got back on my feet, I was so driven. I was so driven to work. I was so driven and ready that I might have been moving too fast too early. So I was able to get over a lot of the mental hurdles that come with the physicality of playing basketball again. I was able to get over that very early in my process once I got back on my feet. NBA.com

David Aldridge: You mentioned when you returned that there were little details to your game that were the last things to come back. What were they? Louis Williams: My first step. Having the confidence to go left. Because when you go left, you're planting on that right leg, the one that I tore. Those are the things that I had relied on in my game. And being able to split [double teams] quick. Always just getting past guys, and creating contact. Those were the small details that I was trying to work through early on, and I feel like that's coming back now. NBA.com

David Aldridge: Do you notice scars on people now? Louis Williams: You know, I don't. Actually, I don't think about it. That's the best way for me to kind of get over it and just to continue on, is to not think about it. I don't play with a brace. I don't play with anything special. I just try to get over it. I even came up with the idea. I was joking with these guys. I said I was going to tattoo over my scar, so it would make me feel like it's not there anymore. Like put like a zipper over it, make it a little funny, make it a little humorous, just to get over that whole process. It's definitely something that's shaped the last couple of years of my life, and something that I'm going to leave in the past. NBA.com

David Aldridge: You researched other guys coming back from ACL injuries, like Ricky Rubio and Iman Shumpert. Anyone else that you looked at? Louis Williams: No, it was just those two guys, and then, the guys I was actually rehabbing with. I was there with RGIII. [Rajon] Rondo and I, we were literally one table away from each other every day for a few months. We were just basically feeding off of each other when we was down there. It was like, 'How did you feel when you were doing this?' And just bouncing information off of each other, just to see where we were in the process. I think just being in that environment, with guys that were going through the same thing that I was, I think that was very helpful for me, just to push forward. NBA.com

November 19, 2013 Updates

Tom Haberstroh: Some news out of shootaround: Lou Williams and Paul Millsap both out vs. Heat tonight. Ray Allen and Udonis Haslem went thru shootaround. Twitter @tomhaberstroh

November 15, 2013 Updates

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