That moment will happen when the Lakers host the Raptors Nov. 20. Still, Williams stressed he does not hold a grudge against Toronto for allowing him to sign with the Lakers to a three-year, $21 million deal despite posting a career-high 15.5 points per game last season and winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award. “I don’t think about it now,” said Williams, who is close with Raptors guard Kyle Lowry. “I’m over it. They’re over it. Everybody has moved on.”
Williams acknowledged it was “weird” how the situation turned out. But there were practical reasons for the breakup from both sides. “They were in a position where they were trying to get better at every position,” Williams said. “I was looking to make a decision faster than they were prepared to do so. We had a deal on the table, and they weren’t ready to make a decision. So I told them to go ahead.”