After spending four seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, Lou Williams had grown fond of not only the organization but the city as well. It was during his spell in LA when the 6-foot-1 combo guard won two out of his three Sixth Man of the Year awards. Lou Williams found a home with the Clippers.
This is exactly why the 35-year-old veteran felt terrible the moment he learned that the Clippers were trading him to the Atlanta Hawks during last season's trade deadline. Williams has always been vocal about how regretful he is for not being able to finish his career in LA, but this time around, he shares his true feelings about the Clippers and how poorly they handled his situation:
“I just ain't like how it went down. That's all,” Williams said, via Joey Linn of FanNation. “You had three months to trade me, and you wait till 15 minutes before the deadline, I just wasn't feeling it. I felt like I deserved a little more respect than that.”
Williams has been around the block for quite a bit. He's played for no less than six teams in the NBA throughout his career and at this point, he's definitely gotten used to moving around from city to city. Nevertheless, it never gets easy. Especially since Williams did not see it coming. Or at least he refused to believe a trade was on the horizon.
To make matters worse, the Clippers decided to send Williams to the Hawks right at the deadline. Based on his statement above, it doesn't sound like the front office communicated with him throughout the process. I have to agree — Lou Williams deserves much more respect than that.