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Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 at 12:33 pm  |  18 responses

Report: Lou Williams to Opt Out of Contract, Become Free Agent


The Philadelphia 76ers are currently gearing up for a postseason run—as of now, they need one more victory to clinch a playoff spot—and so you’d imagine they’d rather not worry about the upcoming offseason, at least not yet. But the Philadelphia Inquirer has a report out that Philly guard Lou Williams will opt out of his contract this summer to test free agency, so at least somebody looks to be thinking about the offseason a little early: “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.’ Reached at courtside via phone before the 76ers’ game at Indiana on Saturday, general manager Rod Thorn said he had not spoken with his leading scorer about his contract but acknowledged that Williams can opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent.”

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  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Blame Iguadala!

  • add

    sh*t

  • huami

    No! He is one of the better players on the team! He must realize that they are on the cusp of a deep playoff run next season!

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^he also probably realizes that being a tems leading scorer while coming of the bench means BANK from some team that is willing to over pay.

  • Wet

    Just because he’s opting out, doesn’t mean he’ll leave. He’s easily going to get a contract that pays him that much money a year. He’d be stupid not to try and get a longer contract and secure some financial stability should he get hurt.

  • KC

    ^^^My sixers are by no means on the cusp of a deep playoff run. We need to amnesty iguodala and attempt to move elton brand so we can fully embrace the rebuilding project. I don’t want to be stuck in atlanta hawks land where you are good enough to make the playoffs every year only to get beat in the first round. let Lou walk if he wants, he is a solid scorer off the bench and nothing more. Knowing how our front office works though, we will probably out bid only ourselves and over pay for his limited services.

  • Phil the thrill

    Looks like Lou is jumping ship! The Sixers are middle of the road, something has to be done or we’ll reverse direction!

  • http://www.libertyballers.com/2012/4/15/2950104/2012-nba-playoffs-philadelphia-76ers-allen-iverson-chris-paul-andre-iguodala titanic

    @KC truth-teller. the sixers are nothing but an average team and they seem to be content with just being average. they have been since 2001 after they went to the finals and their bad transactions prove this to be true. The organization were content with Allen Iverson busting his a** for 41 mpg only to get knocked out of 1st round almost every season (I the sixers advanced to the 2nd round in 2003-2004 but that`s it). Now they are content with having their leading scorer average under 15 ppg which will take them no where ever. The sixers are not good, they are simply average. They should have traded Igoudala 2 seasons ago and never should have signed brand to that huge, long contract with his injury history. Iverson got sick of the complacency and left despite the fact that we wanted to spend the rest of his career in philly. Thats how sick and tired he was of being just average. The goal for any sports organization is to build a team capable of contending for a title. when was the last time philly reached this goal? who cares if lou will leaves, hes a 1-dimensional player not an irreplaceable asset. Wouldn`t be the worst thing to let him go. click on my name.

  • titanic

    @KC truth-teller. the sixers are nothing but an average team and they seem to be content with mediocrity, have been since 2001 after they went to the finals and their transactions since then prove this. The organization was content with Allen Iverson busting his a** for 42 mpg only to get knocked out of 1st round almost every season (I think they advanced to the 2nd round in 2003-2004 but that`s it). Now they are content with having their leading scorer average under 15 ppg which will take them no where. The sixers are not good, they are simply average. They should have traded Igoudala 2 seasons ago and never signed brand to that long contract with his injury history. Iverson got sick of the complacency and left despite the fact that we wanted to spend his entire career in philly. Thats how sick and tired he was of being just average. The goal for any sports organization is to build a team capable of contending for a title. when was the last time philly reached this goal? who cares if lou will leaves, hes a 1-dimensional player not an irreplaceable asset. Wouldn`t be the worst thing to let him go. check out the link: http://www.libertyballers.com/2012/4/15/2950104/2012-nba-playoffs-philadelphia-76ers-allen-iverson-chris-paul-andre-iguodala

  • dandruff dog

    the clippers should sign him and dump nick young and/or eric bledsoe

  • jinolin

    Iggy and Thad for STAT, make it happen Melo…
    On a serious note, Williams would be a nice fit in Miami or Boston off the bench.

  • titanic

    slam is getting on my last nerves with their dysfunctional posting system.

  • Hart

    Knicks wont have the cap room to make it happen but he would be a great backup to Lin

  • Rainman

    suns.

  • JRSD

    He is expendable if he gets a HUGE contract offer that does not make sense for the Sixers to match. The reason is they got Jrue Holiday to start for them at PG. Elton Brand’s HUGE contract is killing Philly. The should really use the amnesty rule on Elton Brand.

  • huami

    @KC- they are on the verge following the amnesty of brand and iggy trade. We just need a physical center/pf. And a more dependable scorer. Lou is critical for the sixers imho. But he has clarified that we shouldn’t believe everything we read. I’m thinking he just wants a bigger contract from the sixers. Let’s just hope he is a reasonable fella.

  • http://www.slamonline.com biged

    You guys are forgetting that the Sixers have new ownership now. So its not the same people from the Iverson days. I believe Will and Jada Smith are part of the new ownership group. The new owners want to win.

  • LP

    He is a rich man’s JJ barea, let him go if he wants…he comes off the bench for a reason…dropping 14 on role players…

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