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Report: Lou Williams to opt out of deal, become free agent

Apr 23, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

Shelvin Mack, Lou Williams AP

If James Harden were not James Harden and the runaway winner for Sixth Man of the Year, Lou Williams could win that award. He comes off the bench to lead Philadelphia in scoring — the first bench guy to lead a team in scoring since Dell Curry (or as Stephen calls him, pops) — and he is the guy Philly turns to at the end of games because he can create his own shot.

And this summer, Williams is going to test the free agent market. That was kind of expected, but the Philadelphia Daily News has the report:

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.

Williams is due to make $6.4 million and almost certainly will get a pay raise and a multiple years on his deal by opting out. The Sixers may try to keep him but they likely will not pay as much as some other teams.

There are going to be changes to the Sixers roster this summer. Spencer Hawes and Jodie Meeks are free agents and can walk. Also, you know they are going to try and shop Elton Brand and the final year of his contract — he has played fairly well but not near the level of what he is making.

  1. illcomm - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    louuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu. go get if moneys n get paid. your hard work has paid off. you’ll be missed after the season.

  2. allball23 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    76ers will be a much worse team without lou. Only one who can create his own shot wenever he wants and can take and hit the big shot. They will be chasing ping pog balls again.

  3. johnnyd104 - Apr 23, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    They need to blow up the team and restart. But your comment about brand has been wrong he’s been there best player lately and Lou Williams is overrated if that is a teams best player they are not going very far.

  4. creek0512 - Apr 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    I can’t imagine why he wouldn’t want to play for a team that doesn’t start him even though he is their top scorer.

  5. sasquash20 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    Lou is a solid player but we don’t need to over spend on him. Take that mutant retard Iggy with you.

  6. dja1287 - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Citing the pacers game that they lost a week ago is the reason why I will not miss lou williams whatsoever. turns the ball over at crucial times and takes drop back threes 10 feet behind the arc with 4 guys wide open.

  7. jumbossportsblog - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

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