HoopsHype Louis Williams rumors

June 17, 2012 Updates

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

The documentary was viewed on YouTube by only a few thousand people, but it provided a glimpse into who Williams is, or who at least how he wants us to think of him. It goes from Atlanta to Philadelphia, from tending the DJ booth at a nightclub to caring for his 1-year-old daughter, Jada, at home. It shows Williams sorting his allotment of game tickets and providing winter jackets in a coat drive. In one of the scenes, he's flying from Atlanta to Philadelphia and reveals his secret for finding leg room in coach. "You can't afford no first-class ticket; either book your seat in row 10 or exit row, rows 21 and 22," Williams says. "It's the same amount of legroom as first class. You heard it here first. I do this." Philadelphia Inquirer

It may also explain why a story of Williams' interaction with a would-be mugger over the winter didn't seem outlandish. On Christmas Eve, he was driving in Manayunk when a man with a gun approached Williams' car. That's when things got weird. The gunman reportedly recognized Williams - and then commended him for his work in the community. To diffuse the situation, Williams gave his armed assailant some money and treated him to a meal at McDonald's. "There's crime everywhere," Williams said at the time. "I was debating whether to pull off or help the guy. The gun was already out. He did all the talking and we came up with a solution before I could really say much." Philadelphia Inquirer

March 26, 2012 Updates

However, the team isn’t the only entity with options. Guard Lou Williams, who is having another season that should rank him high in the voting for the NBA Sixth Man Award, has an opt-out clause in his contract that would make him a free agent this summer. While the team and Williams’ agent Leon Rose had brief discussions about an extension before the season, the time constraints caused by the NBA lockout brought those to a quick halt. “We decided not to, just to keep everything open,” Williams said Sunday morning following shootaround. “Once it’s time to start negotiating, we will.” Times Herald

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