The Atlanta Hawks and veteran guard Lou Williams have reportedly agreed to a 1-year, $5 million contract to keep Williams in Atlanta, per Shams Charania.
Williams -- the three-time Sixth Man of the Year -- returns to Atlanta on a one-year, $5 million deal, sources said. https://t.co/wc6Q6MsbPQ— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 5, 2021
Williams, a Gwinnett County native, was traded along with two second-round picks to Atlanta from the Los Angeles Clippers for Rajon Rondo in a deadline deal in late March. Williams provided veteran leadership in the locker room, and at times steadying play in the backcourt in the absence of Trae Young, including in Games 4 and 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Notably, Williams will effectively have a no-trade clause due to the fact that he would lose his bird rights if he were traded by the Hawks this season. Williams will continue his second stint with the Hawks after playing 99 games for Atlanta between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.
The Hawks now presumably sit with 14 players on NBA contracts following the agreements to sign Gorgui Dieng and Solomon Hill and the yet to be finalized multi-team trade that reportedly sends out Bruno Fernando and Kris Dunn out while bringing Delon Wright to Atlanta.
Sharife Cooper signing a Two-Way deal leaves one spot open on the roster barring adjustments/additions to the Wright trade, while Skylar Mays might be back in the other Two-Way slot.