Lou Williams was one of the few players the Los Angeles Lakers could count on to score efficiently last season. Williams 58.4 percent was the second highest true-shooting percentage on the team behind only Brandon Bass (61.9 percent) last year, and the Lakers' offense was a full two points better per-100 possessions with Williams on the floor (99.6 offensive rating versus 97.6 when he sat). Considering Williams is under contract to for two more years at an increasingly team-friendly looking $7 million per year, it would make sense if the Lakers wanted to keep him.
That's precisely what they intend to do, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, who wrote on Tuesday that the "Lakers want to keep [Williams]" and that the team sees him "as a glue guy for [a] young team, it's why they paid him." (h/t Honi Ahmadian of Lakers Outsiders).
Wiliams production and relatively cheap contract do seem to make the weirdly efficient bench gunner worthy of keeping around, but describing him as a "glue guy" is a little strange given reports Williams was one of the players "isolating" D'Angelo Russell after video he had recorded of Nick Young admitting to infidelity became public, most notably when he reportedly moved away from Russell during a team breakfast when the rookie tried to sit next to him.
Still, it's not exactly shocking that the Lakers aren't looking to toss Williams away as his contract looks better by the second while the salary cap rises. Eventually, a contender looking for an inexpensive way to bolster their bench may come calling, but unless the front office is blown away by an offer, it doesn't make a lot of sense for the Lakers to move away from the third member of their guard rotation just one year after signing him.
Update: Kyler later further clarified his response to a tweet:
.@Dbishop1987 -- here you go - My report. I asked a Laker source if they were open to trading Lou, was told no. they want to hang on to him— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) June 15, 2016
.@Dbishop1987 -- here was the caveat - Lakers not locked on anything at this point, but don't see moving Lou as likely or necessary— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) June 15, 2016
Take from that what you will.
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