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Rumor: Lou Williams trade expected by Clippers’ rivals

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Teams around the NBA expect the Los Angeles Clippers to trade shooting guard Lou Williams before the 2020-21 season starts, per Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Williams has one year left on his contract. He’s set to make $8 million in 2020-21.

The additions of Ibaka and Luke Kennard (via trade with Detroit) are just the beginning; many rival teams also expect the Clippers to trade Lou Williams in their quest to create a fresh-start environment after they blew a 3-1 series lead to the Nuggets.

The Clippers had the second-best record in the Western Conference in 2019-20. However, they lost to the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Semifinals in seven games. LAC blew a 3-1 series lead and stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George didn’t score a single point in the fourth quarter of Game 7 against the Nuggets.

Lou Williams, a three-time Sixth Man of the Year, averaged 18.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game for the Clippers during the 2019-20 regular season. He shot 41.8 percent from the field, 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 86.1 percent from the free-throw line.

In the 2020 playoffs at Walt Disney World, Williams put up 12.8 points. He made headlines when he left the bubble to attend a funeral and then went to a strip club to get some wings.

It’s going to be fascinating to see if the Clippers do move on from Williams, who has career averages of 14.5 points in 1,001 NBA games.

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