HoopsHype Louis Williams rumors

LATEST HOOPSHYPE VIDEOS

July 12, 2012 Updates
July 11, 2012 Updates
July 10, 2012 Updates
July 8, 2012 Updates
July 6, 2012 Updates
July 4, 2012 Updates

The Sixers have had conversations with Williams, a shooting guard and the team's leading scorer last season. But at least four other teams are interested in Williams' services, according to his agent, Leon Rose. Philadelphia Inquirer

July 2, 2012 Updates
June 30, 2012 Updates
June 18, 2012 Updates

Louis Williams wants to be playing for the 76ers this upcoming season. President Rod Thorn and coach Doug Collins want him to be back in his normal role as scoring guard off the bench. But Williams also wants to see how much interest there is in him throughout the league and what kind of contract might be offered to him by other teams. It is the reason he has decided to opt out of his final contract year with the Sixers. He was scheduled to make $6.39 million in the final year of a 5-year, $25 million deal. Philadelphia Inquirer

June 17, 2012 Updates

A league source said that the interest in Williams throughout the league is “significant” and that a contract to land him could be “in the Thaddeus Young range.” Before this past season Young signed a 5-year deal worth close to $43 million. “It’s impossible to gauge (how much a team would be willing to pay) because there is are so many teams who have money and Lou certainly is a good player,” said Thorn. "The natural inclination is for teams who have money to spend some of it, of course. The last couple of years there are a lot of teams that have gotten way under the salary cap and I’m sure that Lou will get some interest from teams.” Philadelphia Inquirer

The Williams situation is just one of many that are facing the team. Starting center Spencer Hawes is an unrestricted free agent and, as the league source said, “There are a lot of teams interested in him. Who wouldn’t be? He’s a big man who can do a lot of things and is only 24 years-old.” Several sources have said Hawes could garner anywhere from $5 to $7 million a season. The team also needs to decide whether they will amnesty the contract of Elton Brand, who is scheduled to make $18.16 million next season. The team would pay Brand that money, but it would come off of their salary cap. Doing this seems to be a no-brainer, if the new ownership group is OK with writing that check. If they do amnesty Brand, and can’t sign Williams and/or Hawes, that would free some money, perhaps allowing the team to go after a coveted free agent (maybe Orlando’s Ryan Anderson, a restricted free agent). Philadelphia Inquirer

Alex Kennedy: Lou Williams will opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He'll be highly coveted. Executives love him. Twitter

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.