Atlanta Hawks: Hawks agree to terms with free-agent guard Louis Williams

The Hawks and free-agent guard Lou Williams have agreed to a multiyear contract, according to a person with knowledge of the agreement.

Terms of the deal were not immediately known but the Hawks likely will sign Williams by using part of their mid-level salary-cap exception. The person with knowledge of the deal said the contract would allow the Hawks to maintain the salary-cap flexibility they gained by recently agreeing to trade Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams.

Williams opted out of the final year of his contract with Philadelphia, which was to pay him $5.4 million in 2012-13.

The deal can’t become official until the NBA’s moratorium on most transactions ends Wednesday.

Williams, 25, is a former star at South Gwinnett High school, where he was a two-time Mr. Basketball winner and a McDonald’s All-American. After committing to Georgia, he decided to declare for the 2005 draft and was selected by Philadelphia in the second round. He played in 455 games with Philadelphia, mostly as a reserve.

Williams figures to fill a similar bench-scoring role with the Hawks. Once Atlanta completes the trades involving Johnson and Williams and secures a buyout of Jordan Farmar, the team will have five guards on the roster in addition to Williams: Jeff Teague, Devin Harris, Anthony Morrow, John Jenkins and DeShawn Stevenson.

Williams led the Sixers in scoring last season with 14.9 points in 26.3 minutes per game and posted team-best PER marks in the past two seasons. He finished second to Thunder guard James Harden in voting for the 2011-12 NBA Sixth Man Award.

Williams is smallish combo guard who’s a volume shooter with a so-so jump shot. But he manages to be a fairly efficient scorer because of a very good free-throw rate. Last season Williams ranked sixth in scoring rate among point guards who played at least 25 minutes per game.

The Sixers allowed 3.38 fewer points per 100 possessions with Williams on the bench. Williams had a 12.1 opposing PER against against point guards and 11.9 against shooting guards.

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Just Joe

July 10th, 2012
8:03 pm

Lang Greene speculates Lou might start.

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

July 10th, 2012
8:04 pm

Hawkfan

July 10th, 2012
8:05 pm

love it..keep’em coming!

BIG DOG

July 10th, 2012
8:06 pm

I Believe Magic will not trade with Hawks unless Teague is included in the deal.

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

Astro Joe

July 10th, 2012
8:06 pm

I’m just glad that Josh won’t be depended on to finish games. Lou WIlliams becomes Craig Kimbrell.

I suspect that when Ferry makes his offer to Orlando (which I think happens once the Joe trade is official tomorrow), he will offer Horford, Teague, Jenkins and maybe a draft pick. Maybe by offering youth + production, we won’t have to take back an awful contract.

For me, the addition of Lou makes a world of difference. Add Pietrus and some fillers and call it a summer.

BTW, if we keep Zaza, it will be the first time Howard has had a competent back-up since what’s his name left for Phoenix.

glw

July 10th, 2012
8:07 pm

This deal doesnt make a lot of sense unless other trades are coming, but also could be a move to appease Josh. Lou is an attack kind of player and does play aggressive. But man we have so many guards and no sf. Am sure Ferry is up to something or has a plan

Just Joe

July 10th, 2012
8:07 pm

Anybody know where the MLE maxes out at? 4 years $23M? 5 years $30M?

Buddy C

July 10th, 2012
8:09 pm

Dwight Howard will be a Hawk before the night is over…write it down, and WHEN it happens…you heard it here first!

Astro Joe

July 10th, 2012
8:11 pm

Well this makes too much sense to actually happen:

The Rockets, in the latter scenario, would push to acquire Bynum from the Lakers while furnishing the Magic with a package of future draft picks and cap-friendly contracts to set Orlando up for a full-fledged roster reload. Sources confirmed a HoopsWorld.com report that the three-team trade construction that sends Bynum to the Rockets instead of the Magic — with Orlando said to be concerned about its ability to re-sign Bynum for the long term — gained traction Tuesday. The key elements of the three-team proposal, sources said, call for the Lakers to acquire Howard and the Rockets — realizing their longrunning quest to acquire a top-20 player — to take back the mercurial Bynum as he enters the final year of his contract. ESPN.com

KevinM

July 10th, 2012
8:13 pm

MLE used to be 5/25…..

AJ, you might be close on the players….they could give up Houston,s potected pawn as well.

I sure don’t want Turk though….that’s a Marvin type scenario.

MattP

July 10th, 2012
8:16 pm

I see they found the Hawks new ISO Joe, didn’t take long. Atleast he will be playing 6th man unless Drew will play him at starting 2, lol.

tyger

July 10th, 2012
8:16 pm

This doesn’t add up…too small, redundant…

Hawks don’t need 6 small Gs…
Lou turns down $5.4M to take a “piece of mid-level”?…
Who’s his agent? Evander Holyfield?….Nga please…

What does this mean for Morrow/Jenkins???….
Has Teague started packing yet?…
Sounds like short-term asset acquisition…

ATL is just a pit-stop for these guys…

NOW WHAT?

July 10th, 2012
8:18 pm

Potential 3-team trade for Dwight Howard hits a snag

By Josh Robbins, Orlando Sentinel

3:26 p.m. EST, July 10, 2012

A possible blockbuster trade between the Orlando Magic and the Brooklyn Nets that would send Dwight Howard to Brooklyn is losing momentum after a third team involved in those talks pulled out of the discussions.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, a potential destination for unrestricted free agent Kris Humphries and other trade pieces, are no longer a part of the talks, Yahoo! Sports is reporting.

DB

July 10th, 2012
8:18 pm

Honestly I don’t think we need to trade for D12 we can just max him out in FA next summer…it doesn’t matter where he is traded at this point he is gonna opt out…we should be going after Westbrook or rondo in a trade. As for the current roster this team can compete. Add a scoring wing and we would be a 4-5 seed. Current roster 6-8 seed with a loaded east

draft history

July 10th, 2012
8:19 pm

Lou williams is a nice pickup, but he was not coveted by many teams.

The only way atl gets d12 is as a rental and no way we should rent him

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

July 10th, 2012
8:21 pm

GREAT JOB FERRY

SIGNED A TINY GUARD WHO DOESNT PLAY D

WHATS NEXT? SIGN BOYKINS?

Bernie Matt

July 10th, 2012
8:21 pm

Nice Move! But Lou Will, should be allowed to compete for the starting PG job. Not that Teague is not developing, but competition in practice…! That’s all i’m saying. If Lou Will, Teague, Harris and Jenkins can penetrate and make open shots, throw the oop to Josh now and again. I smell excitement and ballin in Phillips! Now sign Anthony Randolph and leggo!

Najeh Davenpoop

July 10th, 2012
8:22 pm

I like the signing by itself. Lou is definitely worth that price and this team needs more players who can score and get to the free throw line.

I wonder how this long-term contract impacts a potential trade for Dwight though. All that Joe and Marvin salary dumping means nothing if they are going to just take up that cap room with more non-superstars. Maybe Ferry sees him stepping in to the starting PG position for this season if Teague is included in a trade package for Dwight?

BIG DOG

July 10th, 2012
8:22 pm

Astro Joe – Why would Magic make that deal and get nothing for best Center in the league ?

Only Draft picks for D12, SMH

Hawks have the best proposal than Laker or Rockets.

Magic get 2 first plus a starting center in Zaza who is only 28years old.

Magic get and all star PF in Horford 26years old.

Magic get Devin and expiring contract.

Magic get and up a coming star in Teague 23years old.

Hawks have the best proposal for D12 and Turk than Lakers and Rockets Combine.

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

Grandmaster JeJe (GM)

July 10th, 2012
8:25 pm

LETS WAIVE ZAZA HORFORD AND SMOOVE

THEN LETS JUST SIGN MORE TINY GUARDS

FLYNN
BOYKINS
BOGUES
NATE

Najeh Davenpoop

July 10th, 2012
8:26 pm

FTPB

“NEJAH DAVENPOOP-You’ve really been pushing this get Dwight at all cost of blow the team up agenda. If fans won’t pay to see a team that’s capable of making the playoffs, featuring a 2 time Allstar and All NBA OC/PF(Horford), an All Star caliber PF(JSmith), a young, quick, fast, athletic, up and coming PG(Teague), and one of the NBAs most productive backup centers(ZPachulia) and PFs(IJohnson), what makes you think fans will spend money to see a bunch of draft picks lose?”

You are proving my point. If fans are not showing up to see a playoff team with no superstars and no shot at a title, what’s the point of keeping them together when you could get the same result at the box office by blowing up the team?

I can tell you this — attendance will almost certainly increase significantly if Dwight comes here, and even more so if trading for Dwight results in CP3 coming here next season. It is worth the gamble for a franchise that has never had that much excitement in its history.

“The Nets are in he process of blowing up their roster to get what they want, and it still won’t make them into a championship caliber team. All they will have is a starting 4 of DHoward, GWallace, JJohnson, and DWilliams. They’ve already traded 5 of their bench players to us for JJ, and they’ll have to trade MBrooks, KHumphries, SWilliams, and at least 1 other player, to get Howard.

They’ll be filling out the bulk of their roster with minimum contract vets just like we had to do. No team that I know of has ever won an NBA title with a starting 5, no matter how good they are, and no bench to speak of.”

Uh… were you sleeping when the Miami Heat blew up their team to get their 3 superstars together and filled out the rest of the roster with minimum contract vets? Worked out pretty nicely for them.

In a related story, Rashard Lewis is about to take the minimum to go to Miami. I am not a Rashard Lewis fan, but the point is, veterans will take the minimum to play on superstar-laden teams where they think they can win a ring.

SuckerFree

July 10th, 2012
8:27 pm

Teague is the one likely to to be traded for the simple fact that Devin Harris is simply a better player.

Teague, Devin, Lou, John Jenkins, Anthony Morrow is just too much. Devin, Lou, Jenkins, Morrow can work.

I’m not sold on John Jenkins, thought it was a bad pick from the get go, so maybe he and Teague can bring back a SF…decent one.

Keep Morrow because Morrow has proven he can light it up at the NBA level and he averaged 12 ppg in 26 minutes which is not too shabby. 6′5 210…he’s big enough to play and start at SG for now.

NOW WHAT?

July 10th, 2012
8:31 pm

Devin Harris>Jeff Teague

That Dude Says...

July 10th, 2012
8:32 pm

I like this pick up.

SuckerFree

July 10th, 2012
8:32 pm

stevenson can give productive minutes at SG and SF.

But basically we have to ship some guards out of here.

Teague and John Jenkins…hopefully

Hawks Blog Legeng Worldwide Clyde

July 10th, 2012
8:34 pm

LD ain’t gonna know what to do with the speed we have.

DB

July 10th, 2012
8:34 pm

Think the Chris Paul ship has sailed…go after Russell Westbrook and sign D12 next summer..Russell, Williams, Smith, Horford, Howard ….thoughts?

Rev in Tampa

July 10th, 2012
8:36 pm

@Steven A. Smith – “I may be crazy, however, i do think Javale McGhee will be a top 10 center in this league one day. He is worth the risk. one of the few guys in this league who can protect the rim…”

I agree with you. You are crazy. But not as looney as Javale.

BIG DOG

July 10th, 2012
8:36 pm

Hawks should trade for Turk if the Magic trying get rid of his contract.

Hawks could amnesty Turk contract in 2013 with only one year remaining and sign CP3 in 2013.

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

Hawks Blog Legeng Worldwide Clyde

July 10th, 2012
8:36 pm

Keep the guards we have don’t trade nothing! Run folks out the gym.

Najeh Davenpoop

July 10th, 2012
8:38 pm

FTPB

“The last time some real A-towners banded together we got the Dungeon Family with Outkast, Goodie Mob, C-Lo. Rise up Dirty South.”

Well actually, the last time some real A-towners banded together Jeff Francoeur, Kyle Davies, Macay McBride and friends kinda ended up disappointing. Let’s hope this proposed A-Town reunion ends up more like the Dungeon Family than the Baby Braves.

Najeh Davenpoop

July 10th, 2012
8:39 pm

“Think the Chris Paul ship has sailed”

Not until he signs an extension, which he just said yesterday he has no plans to do.

Hawks Blog Legeng Worldwide Clyde

July 10th, 2012
8:39 pm

PG-Teague
SG-Devin Harris
SF-Lou Williams
PF-Jsmooth
C-Horford

Run Em Out The Gym

Najeh Davenpoop

July 10th, 2012
8:40 pm

FTPB

“Lou is NOT a PG… but I don’t see how they could play Teague & Lou at the same time. Or even Devin & Lou (for that matter).”

I agree that he is not a PG, but I don’t think he’s that much less of a PG than Jameer Nelson. In a Dwight-centered offense, I think it could work for a year.

Hawks Blog Legend Worldwide Clyde

July 10th, 2012
8:41 pm

Najeh Davenpoop

July 10th, 2012
8:41 pm

In other news, I saw Lou Williams’ mom at Bank of America a couple of years ago. Her license plate was “76ERMOM”. She’s gonna need a license plate change.

Astro Joe

July 10th, 2012
8:42 pm

BIG DOG, you can’t use amnesty on a player that was acquired via trade. It is a one time chip for teams to fix their own mistake… in this case, Hedo’s bad contract was a Toronto mistake.

The Hawks can find a serviceable SF at The Dollar Store. Guys like Matt Barnes, Pietrus, Jamario Moon, Michael Redd and others.

NOW WHAT?

July 10th, 2012
8:44 pm

Louis William is a player.

NOW WHAT?

July 10th, 2012
8:46 pm

Reality sets in.

PG-Teague
SG-Devin Harris
SF-Lou Williams
PF-Jsmooth
C-Howard

vava74

July 10th, 2012
8:47 pm

Lou Williams for the midlevel?

What’s not to like?

Sure, he is undersized but he is a more willing passer than most gunners, gets to the line at terrific pace and I am always a strong advocate for bringing homeboys.

I am sure that Lou’s mom – who always put on a show when his kid was in town – is happy like hell and that this move will help the Hawks sell more tickets and reach deeper into the community for support.

Also, this either a move to come just before Dwights trade or at least a good attempt at keeping Josh interested in what the Hawks are trying to accomplish.

Simply put:

PHI will miss him and regret it – I don’t think Nick Young brings the same to the table – and we have now moved a step closer to – at least – remain very competitive.

Rod,

As for your commentaries directed to me:

I never said that Jamal was useless, only that LD did not knew how to use him.

Also, I like Lou better. Seems to have more “fire” in him, more emotion and IMO although he is indeed a gunner, I think he is a better team player than Jamal who many times looks like is playing on his own.

I’ve seen quite a few games with Lou and his ISO plays end many times with a dish for an easy bucket which is something that seldom occurs with Jamal.

Superb job so far Danny, now get us Howard and a real coach.

PS: since Jenkins was not Danny’s pick, I see him as a possible trade chip.

Rufus1

July 10th, 2012
8:47 pm

JJ Hickson & Johnny Flynn…

Flynn came in for a workout and if we sign JJ Hickson, Al & Teague are gone… We then become the official ATL Allstars.

BIG DOG

July 10th, 2012
8:47 pm

So if we keep Turk then CP3 is out of pic.

How do Hawks get rid of Turk Contract ?

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

BOB FROM ACCOUNT TEMPS

July 10th, 2012
8:48 pm

too bad lou isn’t the same size as marvin, the asg could save $$ on uniforms

Daddy Long Long

July 10th, 2012
8:48 pm

Danny! Danny! Danny!

Najeh Davenpoop

July 10th, 2012
8:51 pm

Lou Williams had a better assist/turnover ratio last year than Teague. Again, I am not saying he should play point guard, but I think he can if it is necessary.

BIG DOG

July 10th, 2012
8:52 pm

Astro Joe – I have always like Pietrus wouldn’t mind see him in Hawks uniform.

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

Najeh Davenpoop

July 10th, 2012
8:54 pm

“I just don’t think he will leave LA to come here.”

Staying in LA would pay him more and allow him to play with Blake Griffin and… pretty much nobody. Coming here would mean less money but he would join a clearly better team.

Like Dwight, that extra year is probably a huge key for CP3 in terms of where he will sign, but I don’t think it is that unlikely that he comes here, especially since he wanted the Hawks to draft him out of college.

Rev in Tampa

July 10th, 2012
8:54 pm

“LD ain’t gonna know what to do with the speed we have.”

He will be whistling at the as the run up and down the court.

BIG DOG

July 10th, 2012
8:55 pm

Gerald Green for 2mill

Pietrus for 2mill

looking good for the Hawks if get D12.

BIG DOG IN THE HOUSE

Rev in Tampa

July 10th, 2012
8:55 pm

“the” = “they”