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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232 comments Add your comment

terrell

July 10th, 2012
6:37 pm

Cost less than half of Joe, getsbuckets like Joe, and brings his superstar friends t Philips unlike Joe. Great move!

terrell

July 10th, 2012
6:37 pm

Barton

July 10th, 2012
6:39 pm

Louuuuuuuuuuuu!

Love this pick up. Can’t wait to hear that in Philips.

terrell

July 10th, 2012
6:39 pm

The BEST scorer on the team coming off the bench??

Kevin Hawk

July 10th, 2012
6:40 pm

This is a great signing! Lou Williams is REALLY good. Nice job Ferry!

terrell

July 10th, 2012
6:40 pm

As long as its not Ryan Cameron saying it Barton.

Kevin Hawk

July 10th, 2012
6:41 pm

This signing def shows that the Hawks will still remain very competitve this season.

James

July 10th, 2012
6:41 pm

This is pleasing news. Assuming the Hawks aren’t trying to overpay, Williams will help provide that spark off the bench and another dynamic scorer to help fill the void left by Johnson’s departure.

I would assume that we could be filling a bench role similar to that of Jamal Crawford in the past. I’m just happy to see a general manager being proactive and looking to shake up the team. This roster is going to look very different at the start of next season, compared to previous seasons. We appear to be revamping things significantly and changing the makeup of the team. These aren’t just veteran minimum signings that we are talking about anymore. The players being acquired thus far as are definitely impact players who can make a difference. I like Devin Harris, although he seems less explosive than in previous years, and I like the creative/dynamic nature of Lou Williams. I also like the toughness of guys like DeShawn Stevenson. I know we are taking a step back in some ways, but I actually like some of these signings and feel like it’s going to be much more interesting to watch this team next season. It will finally feel fresh and interesting. No more watching the same, repetitive Hawks year after year.

Good Job, Mr. Ferry.

Rob

July 10th, 2012
6:42 pm

If we sign anyone else, I hope its Gerald Green

James

July 10th, 2012
6:42 pm

Correction on my last post: I would assume that *he* (Williams) will be filling a bench role…

Blue

July 10th, 2012
6:42 pm

When you see smoke there is a fire. A big trade is coming with the hawks

hmmmm.........

July 10th, 2012
6:42 pm

About time MC

Clayton

July 10th, 2012
6:42 pm

I believe Lou is also friends with Josh Smith and Anthony Morrow. Put 2 and 2 together and it looks like the Hawks are trying to bring all of D12’s friends here in hopes of enticing him to come to Atlanta and sign long-term. If we use the mid-level on Lou then we can still resign Smooth, Howard and make a pitch to CP3.

Rod from College Park

July 10th, 2012
6:43 pm

“Rod from CP – Your my Boy but are you saying the Hawks shouldn’t sign CP3 in 2013 ?”

No. Not saying I don’t want him, I just don’t think he will leave LA to come here.

MikeH

July 10th, 2012
6:43 pm

Makes the ATL the place to be seen….Changes the landscape for athletes as the stars are going to be coming out for Josh, Lou, Morrow, and maybe D. Howard

Remidtown

July 10th, 2012
6:44 pm

Like this pickup a lot. Will LOVE IT if it is a precursor to another, more significant move. And one would have to believe it will be with all the guards on the current roster. Trade Al, Devin, and maybe Stevenson plus some picks for D12 and I’ll be very happy.

Still need a SF though.

richy

July 10th, 2012
6:44 pm

this is a tremendous signing. Cheap offense is always good. Just get a small foward and we can compete

Buddy Grizzard

July 10th, 2012
6:44 pm

So hey guys I was checking out the mock lottery at nbadraft.net. You know, cause so many on this blog have said that the Hawks were a lottery team without Ball Stopper Joe and The Duck. How do you think Nerlens Noel would look in a Hawks uniform? Do you think we will be picking high enough?

kbb

July 10th, 2012
6:45 pm

Y does Mike always shut down blogs before they get good?

myrak43

July 10th, 2012
6:45 pm

Lou is believe to agreed to the mid-level…. great

the big Three of the ‘A”

Lou
Smoove
Superman

lets get it done

J.J.M.

July 10th, 2012
6:45 pm

Clayton took the words out my mouth

myrak43

July 10th, 2012
6:45 pm

JoeJohnson2

July 10th, 2012
6:46 pm

Haha enjoy this inefficient chucker,lmao 14 points on 40% shooting,you’ll never replace me

Lou Williams

July 10th, 2012
6:48 pm

I cost less than 25% of Joe and can produce at about 90% of Joe’s level. Good move for the Hawks !

hmmmm.........

July 10th, 2012
6:49 pm

I Know D12 is an ubertalent but he’s a whiny a$$h*le. Remember when he came into the league he wanted to replace the logo with a cross and then he goes and has a baby out of wedlock pays babymamma to keep it quiet, then gets upset when it comes out. Not to mention publicly mocking his coach going behind the coaches back to get him fired and then denies it.

Remidtown

July 10th, 2012
6:50 pm

JJ2……at 25% of the cost I’ll enjoy Lou quite well thanks. The problem for me wasn’t JJ’s production (although inefficient) it was directly related to his cost and the corresponding inflexibility it left the Hawks with.

Barton

July 10th, 2012
6:50 pm

@ Terrell – haha probably have to agree with you there. Not sure how we’re going to stop him though…

Glenn

July 10th, 2012
6:51 pm

We need a big more than another small shooter.

Michael Cunningham

July 10th, 2012
6:51 pm

@hmmm: “About time MC”

if you are not satisfied with the speed in which blogs are posted, you can always ask for a refund.

jay

July 10th, 2012
6:52 pm

hopefully they bring his whiny arze here, bud. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. C’mon Ferry!

This Gets Old

July 10th, 2012
6:52 pm

Like it or not it says something about ownership if guys from Atlanta don’t want to play in Atlanta. Hopefully that’s changing.

jay

July 10th, 2012
6:52 pm

lol @ MC going in!

pointguardslim

July 10th, 2012
6:52 pm

Hawks aren’t a lottery team Grizzard.

Unless they try to play a 4 guard-forward backcourt again. Yikes. Josh for 3! Spread em (out)!

High-sider

July 10th, 2012
6:53 pm

@Rod from College Park

Rod from College Park
July 10th, 2012
5:18 pm

Lou Williams = a young Jamal Crawford. I’m all for it. I hate to tell you guys this, but this Dwight thing might really be real. If the Lou Williams thing is true, I know that he, Josh and Dwight are all from the A and good friends. There might be a A-Town resurgence going on with guys that really are from the A. The last time some real A-towners banded together we got the Dungeon Family with Outkast, Goodie Mob, C-Lo. Rise up Dirty South.
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I was thinking the same thing about the A-T-L connection between Dwight Howard, Josh Smith and Lou Williams. If Danny Ferry is able to pull off a deal that brings Howard to the Hawks, I will have to give Ferry his props for that bit of maneuvering. Right now, the Hawks are a little “thick” at the scoring/shooting guard position. One of the (current) Hawks’ guards will definitely have to be dealt.

PEDRO EL GITANO

July 10th, 2012
6:53 pm

Los Atlanta Hawks 2012-13 serán lo más parecido a un equipo hecho por mí.Soy un enamorado del juego de Lou desde hace años…Esto es muy emocionante!!!Gracias a la gerencia del equipo,comandada por Ferry,de corazón,os quiero tíos!!!

hmmmm.........

July 10th, 2012
6:54 pm

Sweet, how do i go about doing that?

This Gets Old

July 10th, 2012
6:54 pm

@hmmm: “About time MC”

if you are not satisfied with the speed in which the blogs are posted, you can always ask for a refund.
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When people are allowed to post endlessly they think that they become the show and it’s cool now to trash writers on their own blogs. Stupid…

W. R. Terrell

July 10th, 2012
6:54 pm

DANNY FERRY IS THE MAN!……DANNY FERRY IS THE MAN…..DANNY FERRY IS THE MAN….Did I tell yall that DANNY FERRY IS THE MAN!…..Let me say it one mo time….DANNY FERRY IS THE MAN!!!!!

pointguardslim

July 10th, 2012
6:56 pm

Let’s not lump all the defense on Horf and Smith for one season, please?

Teague + Harris
Morrow + Jenkins

Smith + Stevenson

Horford + Mike Scott/ Ivan Johnson/ Jordan Williams
CENTER + Pachulia

Stack the defense and let the guards wreak havoc scoring the ball, and pitching to the PF for jumpers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS92xrjkSKg

heat check

July 10th, 2012
6:56 pm

LOU WILLIAMS IS A HAWK!! Nice! Danny Ferry is killing it.

Vettledi

July 10th, 2012
6:57 pm

Contrary to others belief I wanna say THANK YOU to MC for his updates and blog works.
For Lou I think it’s simply AMAZING to sign a starter-type player, second in 6th man race with the MID LEVEL EXCEPTION ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!

Guys we don’t know how LD is going to play him, but from a management standpoint it’s just outstanding.

JoeJohnson2

July 10th, 2012
6:58 pm

Lou Williams has the IQ of JR Smith

pointguardslim

July 10th, 2012
7:00 pm

lol
” The Atlanta Hawks 2012-13 will be the closest thing to a computer made ​​by a lover mí.Soy Lou game for years … This is very exciting! Thanks to the team management, led by Ferry, at heart, I I want guys!”

google translater everyone!

jay

July 10th, 2012
7:00 pm

@Vettledi, I have to agree with you. I think we were paying Hinrich 8 mill plus last year and I’d take Lou of Hinrich any day of the week.

pointguardslim

July 10th, 2012
7:00 pm

Anyone translate for Pedro?

PEDRO EL GITANO

July 10th, 2012
6:53 pm

Los Atlanta Hawks 2012-13 serán lo más parecido a un equipo hecho por mí.Soy un enamorado del juego de Lou desde hace años…Esto es muy emocionante!!!Gracias a la gerencia del equipo,comandada por Ferry,de corazón,os quiero tíos!!!

hmmmm.........

July 10th, 2012
7:01 pm

This Gets Old: I wasn’t trashing MC more or less just giving him a hardtime. Folks have been talking about the trade for over an hour on his old blog. Somebody’s too sensitive.

bird

July 10th, 2012
7:01 pm

Hawks signing all of Josh’s homeboys. Only person left is Howard.

ClassicHawks

July 10th, 2012
7:03 pm

Danny Ferry is Awesome!!!! Get Dwight Howard & he will considered an Atlanta God!!! Untouchable!

Joe

July 10th, 2012
7:03 pm

Ferry is the man!

doc

July 10th, 2012
7:04 pm

rod you like this move for 6moy runner up 2011-2012?