It is being reported by multiple outlets that the Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a multiyear contract with former Philadelphia 76ers guard Lou Williams. It is believed that the Hawks are signing Williams with their mid level exception which carries a salary of about $5 million.
Williams averaged 14.9 points and 3.5 assists in 26.3 minutes per game last season for Philly and also finished second to Oklahoma City's James Harden for the Sixth Man of the Year award. He was drafted by the 76ers in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft and this season he opted out of the final year of his contract with Philly. The 76ers put the writing on the wall when they recently went out and signed Nick Young, who is also a scoring guard.
Lou Williams is a native of Atlanta, he attended South Gwinnett High School where he became Mr. Georgia Basketball two years in a row and earned a spot as a Mc Donald's All American his senior year. He has the ability to play both guard spots, he can put points on the board in bunches but the only knock on him is his size (about 6'1" and some change) when he is out playing the two spot. It is assumed that his role in Atlanta with the Hawks will be very similar to his role in Philadelphia, where he was asked to provide off the bench scoring.
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