The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a three-year, $24 million extension with guard Lou Williams, according to multiple reports. The third year is only partially guaranteed and includes a team option.
The 31-year-old Williams was traded to L.A. as part of the Chris Paul deal last summer, and Williams has responded with the best year of his career. He generated serious all-star buzz by keeping the Clippers afloat throughout their injuries, averaging 23.3 points and 5.3 assists per game.
His off-the-dribble shooting has been in full force this year, as he is taking 7.4 threes a game and draining them at a 38% clip.
This contract for Williams seems like an absolute bargain, and it could illustrate the lack of money for this year’s crop of free agents as teams all across the league are capped out.
At 27-25, the Clippers sit only a half game out of the eighth spot in the Western Conference. However, after trading Blake Griffin to Detroit last week, it seems like the Clips could be hosting a firesale before the trade deadline (Thursday at 3 p.m.).
Players like DeAndre Jordan and Avery Bradley could be on the move if L.A.’s front office (shouts to the logo, Jerry West) find worthwhile trades.
With today’s news, it looks like Drake’s favorite sixth man will be staying in L.A. for the foreseeable future. After years of bouncing around the league, it’s cool that Williams gets to stay in a city for more than a few months.