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Lou Williams spurns Lakers, Warriors, Bucks to return to Atlanta

Hawks, Lou Williams

With the NBA offseason officially underway, multiple organizations are making moves to improve their rosters. The Atlanta Hawks made an underrated re-signing after reaching an agreement with Lou Williams. After an impressive run in the 2021 NBA Playoffs, the Hawks hope to recapture that magic with Williams serving as a veteran leader off of the bench.

According to Hoops Hype, Lou Williams had plenty of interest during free agency. He had numerous contenders interested in signing him, including “the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, and Milwaukee Bucks.” Lou Williams played an important role for the Hawks in the postseason, filling in for Trae Young in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Williams aims to continue playing as one of the main role players for the Hawks moving forward. Considering his age, he proved to be an asset throughout the year, averaging 10 points per game and shooting an impressive 44.4% from beyond the arc. To make another deep run in the playoffs next year, the Hawks will need a repeat performance from everyone on the roster.

It is surprising that Lou Williams opted to re-sign with the Hawks when better contenders were reaching out to him. Had he joined the Los Angeles Lakers, Williams would likely have become a main outside option, receiving multiple open looks with LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook dominating the paint.

He would have been a nice scheme fit for the Golden State Warriors as well. With Klay Thompson coming back, Williams would have served as a nice scoring option on the bench whenever Stephen Curry and Thompson needed a break. Even being on the Bucks would have made sense as he’d be joining the current NBA champions.

Instead, Lou Williams has found a home in Atlanta and seems to enjoy his situation with the Hawks. We’ll see how it goes for this team, as the Hawks organization will have high expectations moving forward.