Lou Williams had no intention of playing for another NBA team beyond the Los Angeles Clippers. Like the old one Philadelphia 76ers The draft pick rebounded in the league after his seven-year stint with the Sixers, Williams was unwilling to continue moving on the card.
The veteran guard wanted LA to be his last stop. Being with the Clippers since 2017, Williams didn’t want to go anywhere else in his mid-30s. In the middle of the 2020-2021 NBA season, there were rumors that the Clippers might consider trading Williams.
When asked about it, Williams made it clear that he wanted to stay with the Clippers and that he was not willing to go anywhere else. The Atlanta Hawks, however, bet on Williams’ services. On the trade deadline day, the Hawks traded for Williams. The 34-year-old goalkeeper then seriously considered retirement.
In the end, Williams vowed to keep going. After playing 42 games with the Clippers last year, he played 24 games with the Hawks. Average of 10 points per game and knocking down 44% of his three, Williams proved to be a great commercial acquisition for the Hawks, who were ready to embark on a surprising playoff run.
Williams anchored the Hawks bench throughout the playoffs. After winning the fifth-seed, Atlanta upset the fourth-seeded New York Knicks. Moving on to the second round to face the Sixers in first place, the Hawks also upset them in seven games.
Although the Hawks’ magical run ended at the Eastern Conference Championship, Atlanta was still happy to know they had a bright future ahead of them. Not only have they locked up young stars like Trae Young and John Collins for next season and beyond, but they’ve also brought Lou Williams back for another season.
According to Shams Charania of Athleticism, Williams signed a one-year contract with the Hawks. Last offseason, he could never have imagined playing again unless it was with the Clippers. This offseason, Williams is more than willing to make it work with Atlanta.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.