HoopsHype Louis Williams rumors

July 6, 2012 Updates
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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

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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
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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

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