Lou Williams, a key piece in the Chris Paul trade with the Houston Rockets, has emerged as a vital piece for Doc Rivers and the LA Clippers. Even though reports circled about his trade prospects, the Clippers decided to ink the perennial Sixth Man of the Year candidate to a new deal.
Williams was in the final year of his contract, but the new framework will pay him $24 million over three seasons. Williams, who is 31 years old and an accomplished veteran, is making $7 million this season, and only $1.5 million will be guaranteed in the final year of the new contract.
The move gives the Clippers a proven scorer for the next three seasons, as well as providing the guard some comfort heading into the summer.
“It was nice for this organization to commit to me the same way I've committed to these guys this year," Williams told reporters following the deal. "In years past, these scenarios don't usually go my way. So, it was nice for one to go my way and be somewhere I wanted to be."
Williams is enjoying a career year, and he helped keep the Clippers afloat despite dealing with a myriad of injuries. The Blake Griffin trade that netted LA Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley has also allowed Williams to move back to his more natural position as a guard coming off the bench.
Williams, who was considered by many to be in the running for an All-Star Game selection, is averaging 23.3 PPG and 5.3 APG. LA is 27-25 and just a half game behind the New Orleans Pelicans for the eighth seed in the Western Conference.
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