Yesterday, it was reported that Lou Williams may return to the Atlanta Hawks for the veteran’s minimum, but today, Michael Scotto of Hoops Hype offers another perspective. Scotto reports that Williams is looking for a multi-year contract, and that the Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers are among teams with interest.
Williams provided a scoring punch off the bench and valuable veteran leadership during Atlanta’s postseason run. He started Game 4 and Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals while Trae Young was nursing the foot injury he suffered in the third quarter of Game 3.
Williams enters free agency at 34 years old going into his 17th NBA season, potentially seeking his final significant pay day in the league. The three-time Sixth Man of the Year and Gwinnett County native averages 14.3 points and 3.5 assists per game for his career, while he posted averages of 10 points and 3.4 assists in Atlanta last season after being traded from the Los Angeles Clippers with a pair of second-round picks for Rajon Rondo.
Williams may not be the primary backup point guard if he does wind up returning to the Hawks following the expected addition of Delon Wright. He appears to have options on the table and could be set for a larger contract than was expected late last week.