Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 at 5:50 pm  |  18 responses

Atlanta Hawks to Sign Lou Williams

Terms of the deal are not yet known, but the Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a multi-year contract with free agent guard Lou Williams. Via SI.com: “Williams took to Twitter on July 6 to let his fans know that he would not be returning to the Philadelphia 76ers, the team that drafted him 45th in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft. Considered to be one of the steals from that draft, Williams spent his entire NBA career up until now in Philadelphia. He was widely considered to be one of the top candidates for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award last year, which ended up being given to James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder. In 64 games off the bench last season, Williams averaged 14.9 points and 3.5 assists in 26 minutes per game. He made $5.3 million with the Sixers last season.”

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  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Hmm, did not expect that.

  • Tyquez Foster

    lets get it hawks good move still need a sf

  • thor

    Love this by the hawks!! Word Tyquez

  • Heals

    Excellent move for both; there you go Hawks fans the rebuild has begun and not a shabby way to start it off…

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    I would think (from a defensive standpoint) he and Teague are a liability.

  • thor

    ^Teague isn’t a bad defender

  • Fresh Boirdee

    Welcome Home!

  • Marcel

    He was a steal in the 2005 draft, everyone was wonderin y he didn’t jus go to Georgia but It all worked out, him and monta Ellis were the steals in that draft

  • Ldub

    Not sure why he would go to ATL over some other teams. Maybe with JJ gone, he feels he will get more PT than he did in PHI? With the East ramping up to be a shootout between Bos, Mia, Chi, NY and BKN….I really dont understand this move by Williams. *shrug*

  • lbjcp3

    still dont get why go from a playoffs team to a team thats basicly done

  • JoeMaMa

    Another Atlanta Native and friend of Dwight Joining the Hawks. Hawks Got Josh Smith, Anthony Morrow and Now Lou Williams. They should get Dwight next. lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    I wonder if the hawks will make the playoffs

  • Valkyrie

    Fun fact: Louis Williams won Georgia’s Mr. Basketball over Dwight Howard in his Junior year, Dwight’s senior year.

  • phil da windmill

    i think dwight needs to play for the home team,but we all know he wanna go to brooklyn and suck on camel c ock.

  • Ill Smith

    Now all we need is Dwight I can finally root for the home team. Make it happen, Danny Ferry.

  • http://www.thesmashbrothas.com zen garden

    devin harris an lou williams??? what a crappy back court

  • thor

    ^seen worse

  • dan willig

    Coming from a Sixers’ fan, Lou Williams was held back something fierce in Philly, relegated to cleanuing up after thge “backcourt of the future” farce of Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner…Lou runs the high post pick and roll great (and will flourish with an athletic big who can “roll”), draws fouls with the elite in the league,manages possessions and shot clock to properly close out quarters, and yes…he can score….Despite the physical limitations defensively, he DID improve these last 2 seasons deflecting balls in the passing lanes and communicating and helping out in Philly’s strong team defense (4rth in NBA in both points alloweed and FG %, despite no shotblocking prowess)…Lou did indeed average MORE assists,steals,rebounds, and blocks per minute than Jrue Holiday…and also averaged more steals,assists, and blocks per minute over Evan Turner…Lou led the Sixers in scoring (14.9),despite playing just 70% of the minutes of either Jrue Holiday or Andre Iguodala….Atlanta, you know what you’re getting, I’m sure…but he’s even better..The kid took less money to go home, cause he KNOWS if he gets the chance HE WILL breakout…Lou did not even get to start one half last year, and smart Sixer fans know a demise is coming for 2012.