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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Articles tagged: Lou Williams

Lou Williams appears to call out Jimmy Butler for not playing in All-Star Game

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Lou Williams does not seem too happy that he missed out on a spot in the All-Star Game while Jimmy Butler was selected and sat the entire thing out.

In a tweet just hours after the game on Sunday went final, the LA Clippers guard appeared to call out his Minnesota Timberwolves counterpart Butler, who failed to play even a single minute in the contest.

Butler, who leads the NBA with 37.3 minutes per game, was selected as an All-Star reserve and got picked to Stephen Curry’s team for Sunday’s game. He was said to be “under the weather” during the broadcast however and later gave this explanation for why he sat out, per Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune:

There is virtually no doubt that Butler deserved to be an All-Star as he has looked like an MVP candidate so far this season. But regardless of his reasons for sitting out, it would have been nice in hindsight for his spot to have gone to someone who could have actually played.

As for Williams, who is averaging a career-high 23.2 points per game, he was one of the most deserving contenders who did not make the All-Star cut. Thus, the former Sixth Man of the Year’s reaction is hardly surprising, especially since he was not pleased with being snubbed in the first place.

Clippers, Lou Williams reportedly agree to 3-year contract extension

Lou Williams

Maybe the Los Angeles Clippers aren’t completely tearing down the organization for a rebuild.

Even though the Clippers traded Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons last week, a report said the team was looking to extend Lou Williams. Talks on that front were heating up, according to a report from ESPN early Wednesday morning. And now The Vertical’s Shams Charania is reporting that the two sides have agreed to a 3-year contract extension. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says the third year includes a team option.

Williams, 31, is having a breakout season. He’s averaging a career-high 23.3 points and 5.3 assists per game and narrowly missed making the All-Star team.

And as positive as this news about the extension is, we still should not discount the possibility of him potentially being traded in the future. After all, the Clippers had just signed Griffin to a huge deal over the summer and dealt him in the middle of his first season after that.

Report: Celtics want to parlay Marcus Smart trade into Lou Williams or Tyreke Evans

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The Boston Celtics seem determined to get a first-round pick in any trade that involves point guard Marcus Smart, and now we have a better understanding of why.

ESPN’s Marc Stein reports that the Celtics have been so adamant about getting a first-round pick as part of a deal for Smart because they are hoping to be able to use the pick to acquire either Lou Williams or Tyreke Evans.

The Celtics are looking for an impact player who can score points off the bench, and either Williams or Evans would be a nice addition. Evans is a player Danny Ainge has supposedly been enamored with for a while. Williams is averaging 23.3 points and 5.3 assists in what has been a career year for him with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Smart seems to have fallen out of favor with the Celtics in the wake of an embarrassing temper tantrum, but Ainge has never been one to make desperation moves. If Boston can’t find a team willing to offer a first-round pick, they will probably just stick with Smart.

Celtics reportedly pursuing both Lou Williams, Tyreke Evans

Boston Celtics

Despite holding the best record in the Eastern Conference and having just signed Greg Monroe for relative peanuts, the Boston Celtics are still not satisfied with their team from the looks of it.

According to a report by Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald on Saturday, the Celtics are pursuing a pair of notable sixth men on the trade market: LA Clippers guard Lou Williams and Memphis Grizzlies swingman Tyreke Evans. Bulpett also adds that those two players appear to be Boston’s “main targets.”

Though the C’s already have one of the deepest squads in the NBA arguably, they still seem to lack a true go-to scorer off their bench.

Both Williams (23.5 points per game this season) and Evans (19.5 ppg) obviously fit that billing. Both are also largely expected to be on new teams come the Feb. 8 deadline.

Lou Williams sets Shannon Sharpe straight after two girlfriends criticism

Lou Williams

Lou Williams had to set Shannon Sharpe straight after being accused of “snitching” on fellow athletes over their relationship statuses.

Williams was shouted out in 2015 in a Drake song for having two girlfriends. In a great SI profile on him that was published Thursday, Williams was asked about his girlfriend situation and said that players having two girlfriends is more common than you think.

Sharpe, now a host for FOX, took issue with that statement and called out Williams for snitching and creating problems for other athletes who will now have to answer questions. Williams responded via Twitter and told Sharpe to “cut it out.”

Williams is exactly right. The whole difference between having two girlfriends and having two girls (a girlfriend and girl on the side) is that they both know each other in the girlfriend situation and are OK with it. The kind of situation Sharpe is talking about is a cheating situation, which wouldn’t apply to what Williams is describing.

At least Williams’ response to Sharpe was a lot more tame than others we’ve seen in the past.

Lou Williams: Players having two girlfriends is more common than you think

Lou Williams

Lou Williams was already well known among basketball fans, but he became famous in a while new way thanks to his mention in a Drake song.

In 2015, Drake dropped the song called “6 Man” that references Williams, who was a sixth man for Drake’s hometown team, the Toronto Raptors, in 2014-15. In the song, Drake talked about how Williams had two girlfriends who got along.

“6 man like Lou Will, 2 girls and they get along like I’m… (Louuuu)
Like I’m Lou Will, I just got the new deal,” the song goes.

Well Williams is enjoying a breakout season for the Los Angeles Clippers and is getting even more exposure as a result. He was featured in an SI piece by Lee Jenkins that was published on Thursday. In the article, Jenkins brings up the Drake song, which Williams commented on.

“I hear about it every day. Every single day,” Williams told Jenkins about the two girlfriends thing. “More players do that than you know. I was just the first person to have it mentioned on a song.”

Williams said that he is still seeing one of the girls but just friends with the other.

While many people could have multiple people they’re seeing, it’s seems uncommon for someone to have two girlfriends who know about the other and are fine with the arrangement. Floyd Mayweather certainly believes in the practice, though it hasn’t exactly worked out for him, so maybe it’s not a great idea.

Report: Clippers, Lou Williams talking contract extension

Lou Williams

Lou Williams’ name has come up in trade rumors, but that apparently has not stopped him and the Los Angeles Clippers from talking about a contract extension.

While appearing during ESPN’s broadcast of the Knicks-Celtics game Wednesday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Clippers are negotiating with Williams on a contract extension.

This is actually not the first we’ve heard that, as The Vertical’s Shams Charania reported the same on Jan. 11.

Williams is on a one-year, $7 million deal with the Clippers and set to become a free agent after the season. He’s been a statistical stud this season, averaging 23.5 points while making 39 percent of this threes — both career-best marks.

If Williams is able to negotiate a contract extension with the Clippers, that wouldn’t necessarily mean he couldn’t be traded. Teams would then know how long they’d have Williams under contract for rather than be worried about losing him after the season.

After the Clippers traded Blake Griffin to Detroit on Monday, Woj reported that the team could also look to trade Williams and DeAndre Jordan.

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