Lou Williams is going home. The Atlanta area native signed a multiyear contract with the Hawks after talks with the Philadelphia 76ers broke down. Williams averaged 14.9 points and 3.5 assists and was the runner-up for the sixth man of the year award to James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played in 64 games last season starting none.
The 76ers were in the unique position of losing not only their sixth man, but also their leading scorer. The move was more financial than anything but a big risk for a team who was one game away from the Eastern Conference Finals. No, the 76ers were not going to be able to contend with the Heat as constructed, but losing Williams hurt. Replacing him with Nick Young was a step back for this team heading into next season.
The Hawks acquisition of Williams is solid. After trading away Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams the team is in a cap clearing rebuilding face. Williams is a valuable piece towards what the Hawks are trying to build. Bench scoring is important and Williams can definitely score as we saw last season. As for this season, the Hawks may have to start Williams is they are a thin team.