NBA: Lakers Sign Lou Williams For Three-Year, $21 Million Deal
The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to sign free agent Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams for a three-year, $21 million deal.
In his last season, Williams was named NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, averaging 15.5 points, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 80 games for the Toronto Raptors.
Williams, along with Amir Johnson, played a significant role in Raptors’ triumph last year. Johnson has been signed by Boston Celtics for a two-year, $24 million deal. Although fans would have fancied both Williams and Johnson to return, Raptors would neither have paid Williams that much salary nor Johnson $12 million a season, as reported by Toronto Star.
Collectively, Williams has averaged 11.9 points, and has made 34.1 percent of his 3-point attempts in 10 NBA seasons representing Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks and Raptors.
According to Yahoo Sports, Williams will join the line-up of Kobe Bryant, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Nick Young in the Lakers’ guard rotation. A day before Williams was signed by the Lakers, they had arrived at a deal to sign center Roy Hibbert from the Indiana Pacers.
With Williams departing, the Raptors have freed up salary it can utilize in acquiring other free agents. While Williams’ cap hold of more than $10 million is gone, the Raptors have $8 million it can use under the new NBA guidelines.
According to CBS Sports, the Lakers will have the worst shot selection in the next season.
They have allegedly also reached an agreement with power forward Brandon Bass. However, the contract details have not been released as of yet.
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