Lou Williams was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on the trade deadline. He said the move was so shocking to him that he even considered retiring.
Lou Williams is one of the best players off the bench. The energy he gives the team coming off the bench helps his teams finish out the game strong and with victories. The 6-foot-1 point guard has now made himself a household name for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year.
Williams had been associated with the Clippers organization for nearly four seasons. The team saw a lot of success in his time there, his offensive abilities being one of the reasons for their success.
The Clippers traded away Williams to the Hawks in exchange for Rajon Rondo. Obviously, the trade caught the combo guard in surprise. Lou-Will expressed that despite giving so much to the Clippers, they traded him away. He revealed how he felt like retiring from the game. In an Instagram post, Williams said:
“I thought about retiring yesterday. You give so much to an organization and you wake up and boom, it’s no more. Then in true Clippers Nation fashion I was reminded that my talent and contribution was appreciated and It made me reflect on what’s to come.”
“There’s plenty left in my tank and I’m privileged to continue my career in my backyard. LA, thank you. Love you. Appreciate you. Great times and memories!!! ATL, LouWillVille. Mr. Williams, welcome home.”
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Hawks General Manager Travis Schlenk is eager to see what Lou Williams can do
This will be Lou’s second stint with the Atlanta organisation. Back in 2012, Williams spent two seasons with the Hawks, giving them great momentum off the bench. Atlanta right now, rank second-to-last in the league in bench points. Adding a former Sixth Man on their roster will definitely be the answer to their struggles.
His presence in the locker room will be impactful. He will be helpful for a lot of young players who look up to him as a model. Of course, the Hawks will be happy with the acquisition. Travis Schlenk, Atlanta’s General Manager, revealed how happy they were with the trade. He said:
“Being able to acquire a respected veteran in Lou Williams, one of the best scorers and playmakers off the bench in league history, and two second-round picks accomplished a couple of the goals we had. We are excited to see what Lou can add to our second unit as we try to finish this season strong.”
Hawks president and general manager Travis Schlenk on acquiring Lou Williams: pic.twitter.com/uTMUY5zAnQ
— JD Shaw (@JShawNBA) March 26, 2021