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Lou Williams opts out, will become free agent this summer

Jun 17, 2012, 9:25 AM EDT

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Lou Williams was rattled about as a Sixth Man of the Year Runner-Up candidate this year (since James Harden wrapped it up by the end of January). He didn’t shoot well from the floor, but his True Shooting percentage (52.5%) was just OK enough to cover for it. He was the Sixers’ best scoring option for much of the year. He had a disappointing playoffs, but with his length, contributed some to one of the best defenses in the league (his defensive rating was actually one of the worst on the Sixers).

There was some talk that he might not opt out of his last season and play it out with the Sixers, but as is most often the case, Williams is not taking that route. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Williams’ agent Leon Rose confirmed Williams has opted out.

So thi sis going to be a bit of a trick for the Sixers.

Williams, barring a major uptick in efficiency and production, isn’t going to be worth the contract he’s going to pull in. Volume scorers are too often criticized by the NBA internet, but they’re also too often given large contracts that they are nowhere near worth by the league. The Sixers are in a bind because they need scoring. Without it, they’re going to absolutely suffocate. Williams scores, 20.5 points per 36 minutes. Without him, they’re without a gun. But they can’t give him what he’ll be worth, especially if they get in a bidding war and need the extra year available to re-sign him with.

For Williams, he’ll have offers. He’s young and can score. Those guys get quality money in this league. He’s coachable and can hit some big shots.

It’s payday for Lou Williams.

  1. kvanhorn87 - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    So long. Thanks for facilitating the positive attitude but this team needs to rebuild and Lou is not part of that. Major changes coming.

  2. bleed4philly - Jun 17, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Elton and Iggy probably won’t be on the team next year either. #praisethelord

  3. dysraw1 - Jun 17, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    always did like Lou

  4. kvanhorn87 - Jun 17, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Lou, brand, iggy, maybe Meeks, hopefully Hawes and either turner or jrue will all be gone

    • biasedhomer - Jun 17, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      Depends on the GM they get

  5. passerby23 - Jun 17, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    There are too many good, but not great players on Philly. You can’t pay all of them what they’ll demand on the market so you have to let some of them walk. Most importantly, they need scoring. If they can move Brand’s expiring contract in return for a team that would like to get an expiring contract off their books in return for a decent player, that would be a start. Iguodala for a scoring wing player is a must and Iggy provides great value.

    I think the Sixers are going to decide to build around Holliday and Turner. Williams will walk.

  6. dal24la - Jun 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    I’d give him a 4 year contract for about 6.5 million, which about 1.2 million more than he makes now.

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