Clippers, Lou Williams Nearing Extension

Wednesday, 07 Feb, 2018

In case you didn't know.

. Williams has always been a consistent bench scorer, but the Clippers called on him to be a focal point of the offense early this season due to injuries, and he performed at career-best levels to help the team contend for a playoff berth.

The Clippers traded All-Star Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons and acquired Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley in the trade.

The Los Angeles Clippers and guard Lou Williams reportedly agreed to a three-year contract extension Wednesday amid his breakout as a Sixth Man of the Year candidate.

Williams also never seemed to be the priority for Boston - the Celtics seem much more interested in Memphis guard Tyreke Evans. The Memphis are looking to extract a first-round pick for Evans. He's averaging 23.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game and even had a stretch from late December to mid-January where he posted 31.2 points and 5.4 assists per contest.

According to reports, the Clippers have examined trade scenarios for DeAndre Jordan as well, but so far, no traction exists on a deal.

A new deal is said to be within reach prior to Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline for the veteran guard earning $7 million in the final year of his contract. Williams was set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Los Angeles now sits a half game out of the playoffs behind the New Orleans Pelicans. The Clippers have won 2 of their last 3 games and are off to a good start since the Griffin trade. He was likely more valuable this year on an expiring deal than he will be next season as a 33-year-old with two more years left on his deal, but if Williams keeps playing like he has, then there will still likely be suitors.