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ESPN.com: You're in the last year of your contract. Do you want to stay in Toronto? Absolutely. I already tried to get them to go do it -- get an extension. But at this point in my career, I want to play somewhere where the fans appreciate you, your team is serious about winning and create something special. And these guys are bulldogs. They love competing. We have that us against the world mentality where nobody respects us because we're in Canada. We have an identity, and I love it. It's perfect for my personality. I've always been the underdog, I've always been overlooked. I've always been the guy where it was like we'll see what he does and then we'll check on Lou. That's been my career. ESPN.com

ESPN.com: What were your initial thoughts on the trade? LW: Initially, I was torn because I was leaving my hometown. But I was also excited because I had just watched these guys battle Brooklyn like hell in seven games [during the playoffs]. So I felt like I could help this team. I felt like I could help, and I could bring something to the table. They had a young core of guys, and it reminded me a lot of my Philly crews where we were turning that corner and going from an OK team to an elite team. This team was turning the corner with Kyle [Lowry], DeMar [DeRozan], JV [Jonas Valanciunas] and a lot of the pieces that they had. ESPN.com

Finally healthy after recovering from a devastating ACL injury he suffered in January 2013, Williams, 28, is averaging a career-high 15.2 points per game and has quickly emerged as a fan favorite at Air Canada Centre. "When I got traded to the Raptors," Williams told ESPN.com, "Kyle Lowry told me, 'We expect you to average 15 points a game off the bench.' "And I said, 'Perfect, so you need me here.' And that made me feel wanted. So once he put that expectation on me, it just made everything fall into place." ESPN.com

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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