HoopsHype Louis Williams rumors

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

June 12, 2012 Updates
May 28, 2012 Updates

On a different note, I remain utterly convinced that Sixers guard Lou Williams will terminate the final year of his contract and hit the market as an unrestricted free agent. Ignore any question directed at Williams asking him if he’d like to come back to Philly. Yep, Philly is a great town. And I think Williams likes playing here. In fact, I know he does. "At this point I just think it would be crazy for me to leave," Williams said. "This is somewhere where I have carved out a lane. This is somewhere where my family is and it's my second home outside of Atlanta. "But business is business," he continued in the same breath. "Once it comes time to deal with that we'll get to the table." Philadelphia Inquirer

(Lou) Williams, who led Philadelphia in scoring despite not starting a single game this season, was second in the balloting for the N.B.A.’s Sixth Man of the Year Award. He can opt out of the final year of a contract that would pay him $6.4 million. “If I was a betting man, I think I would be back,” Williams said. “Obviously, it comes down to a deal, but I don’t think that will be the hard part. This is home for me. I feel wanted here. I hope the feeling is mutual.” New York Times

May 24, 2012 Updates

Iverson came out wearing Lou Williams’ No. 23 jersey, which meant a lot to Williams. “It’s pretty cool for him to do that,” Williams said. “Everybody knows our relationship and that he’s a big brother figure to me. We’ve always had a very close relationship, and him being my idol and me modeling my game after him.” Delaware News Journal

May 7, 2012 Updates

As with most who made the leap directly from high school to the NBA, back when the rules allowed such a situation, Williams didn’t realize all it took to be competitive in the NBA. And he languished on a veteran team, playing just 145 minutes as a rookie and 688 during this second year. Since then his minutes have increased and he has scored in double figures in each of the past five seasons. “When he first came in, he was hard to guard, a very good one-on-one player but he has really grown, his feel for the game, his maturity and he has learned how to be a pro,” said Chicago Bulls swingman Kyle Korver, a former teammate of Williams. HoopsHype

April 27, 2012 Updates

Young, Holiday and Williams give the 76ers a rock-solid foundation that could make the 76ers formidable for years to come. Then again, maybe not. When I asked Williams the other day if he intended to exercise the early-termination clause in his contact after this season, he said, “I haven’t decided yet.” Rest assured, the explosive-scoring Williams will pique the interest of a bunch of teams if he goes the unrestricted free agent route this summer. Racine Journal-Times

April 22, 2012 Updates

Guard Lou Williams, the 76ers' leading scorer (14.9 points per game), will opt out of the final year of his contract at the end of this season and become an unrestricted free agent, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. If he were not to opt out, Williams would be due $6.4 million from the Sixers. Said the source: "He's indicated that he's not going to pick up his option. All indications are that he's going to opt out." Philadelphia Inquirer

April 8, 2012 Updates

The 76ers have been above this foolishness for the most part, but they delved into it this past week when an article appeared on Sports Illustrated's website that quoted all-star forward Andre Iguodala wondering why teammate Lou Williams, a gifted offensive player, is "one of the toughest guys to guard in the league, but he can't guard anybody." No one in the organization is backing away from the statement, but here's the deal. When dealing with the things that come out of Iguodala's mouth, context is crucial. Philadelphia Inquirer

Thaddeus Young knows these are the words that came out of Iguodala's mouth, mostly because he was an eyewitness when Iguodala walked up to Williams in front of a few teammates and apologized. "I think it was all taken out of context," Young said Saturday before the Sixers played a crucial game against Orlando. "I think it was more of a joke than anything. We have always had inside jokes about Lou not playing defense. But we know what each and every person brings to the table. Dre probably said it, but it was taken out of context. Personally, when I heard it I knew he was playing, just because I know Dre." Philadelphia Inquirer

March 31, 2012 Updates

Last season, Williams made a documentary about his life, "Peace of Mind." The opening scene shows him parking his black Porsche on the corner of 21st Street and Indiana Avenue in North Philadelphia. He goes to the barbershop that he visits while in the city, found through a friend he made in North Philly during his rookie season. "I'm an Atlanta guy. I think Philly knows that," Williams says. "But I've adopted Philly as my second home, and they've embraced me. I do more community work in Philly than I do in Atlanta, because I'm here more often and I see where people need help. I see the struggles." Philadelphia Inquirer

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