Kawhi Leonard always seems to be marching to the beat of his own drum, and one of his former teammates is confirming as much.
Ex-LA Clippers guard Lou Williams appeared this week on “The 85 South Comedy Show.” Williams had a hilarious story during the episode about Leonard’s practice habits.
“Kawhi is there an hour and a half before practice, he’s there an hour and a half after practice,” said Williams. “But that’s just his speed though. He ain’t gonna do nothing fast. He need half the day to get his s— together … But definitely a worker, man.”
Williams was teammates with Leonard for less than two seasons, but that was probably more than enough. Williams’ story also appears to confirm that reports about Leonard allegedly taking practices lightly were false.
It has been a great week though for funny content about the ex-Finals MVP Leonard. The Internet loved the recent cameo he made in a Drake video too.
As the Milwaukee Bucks look to defend their NBA title next year, an upgrade to their bench may be forthcoming.
Michael Scotto of HoopsHype reported this weekend that the Bucks are expected to pursue former Sixth Man of the Year winner Lou Williams. The report also mentions the Indiana Pacers as another team with potential interest. Williams, 34, is said to be looking for a two or three-year deal.
Milwaukee had a strong starting unit last season with Pat Connaughton and Bobby Portis offering some punch off the bench. They will also be getting swingman Donte DiVincenzo back next season. But the Bucks’ guard depth was a bit lacking with the overmatched Jeff Teague having to play rotation minutes in the Finals. Williams, who is a virtual lock to score in double figures every night, might help them with that problem.
Granted, Williams could easily re-sign with his hometown Atlanta Hawks. They made it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals where they lost to the Bucks. But Williams, who is still looking for his NBA title, may have a slightly better chance of getting it in Milwaukee.
Lou Williams’ midseason trade to the Atlanta Hawks worked out after all.
Williams posted a message on social media Sunday, a day after the Hawks were eliminated from the playoffs by the Milwaukee Bucks. The veteran guard alluded to his trade to Atlanta as a “blessing in disguise” and even hinted at a possible return with the hashtag “#thinkimcomingback.”
The Los Angeles Clippers traded Williams to Atlanta in March in a move to acquire veteran guard Rajon Rondo. Williams, who had threatened to retire if the Clippers moved him, considered doing just that before ultimately reporting to Atlanta. Judging by this message, it’s pretty clear the Hawks won him over, and playing in his hometown couldn’t have hurt either.
Williams averaged 10 points per game in a reserve role for the Hawks, and he proved vital in keeping the team in the Eastern Conference Finals after Trae Young’s injury. The 34-year-old will become a free agent this offseason, but it sounds like he’d welcome another year in Atlanta if he gets the opportunity.
Lou Williams stepped up big in Trae Young’s place in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night and received widespread recognition.
Williams learned not long before Game 4 that he would be starting due to a foot injury keeping Young from playing.
The veteran didn’t need more than that to bring his best. He shot 7-of-9 and went 5-of-6 on free throws for 21 points in Atlanta’s 110-88 win.
Young was pleased to see Williams step in and help them to victory.
Williams was actually the top scorer in the game for the Hawks, filling Young’s shoes perfectly.
Young had another message after the game. He shared positive thoughts for Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Antetokounmpo left Game 4 in the third quarter after hyperextending his left knee.
There is no word yet on when Young might be able to return. He and the Hawks are probably comforted knowing how capable Williams is filling in.
Lou Williams was traded to the Atlanta Hawks just before the March 25 deadline, but he took a few days before reporting to the team. On Tuesday, Williams explained why he needed a few days.
Williams, 34, considered retirement after being traded. He told reporters he took some time because he wanted to make sure he was mentally ready for the move. He did not want to be a negative influence upon arriving.
That seems to have been a smart and mature way of handling things.
Atlanta had three games after the trade (including Tuesday night’s contest) that Williams has missed. It stinks for the Hawks not to have had him for those games. But if Williams was not ready to contribute, it’s probably for the best that he was not around anyway.
The Hawks have gone 9-3 since firing Lloyd Pierce. They entered Tuesday sixth in the East at 23-23.
Lou Williams was abruptly traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in exchange for Rajon Rondo, and the move was enough to make the veteran guard consider his future.
Williams suggested he was caught off-guard by Thursday’s trade from the Los Angeles Clippers, and admitted he considered retiring upon being informed of the deal. However, he thought it through and feels he has “plenty left in my tank.”
Williams’ consideration shouldn’t come as a surprise considering he openly admitted retirement would be on the table if traded. That said, he definitely has his reasons to report to Atlanta.
Williams’ numbers have dipped this year, and he’s averaged 12.1 points and 3.4 assists per game for the Clippers this season.
One of the best subplots of NBA trade deadline day was definitely the reunion between Lou Williams and his beloved Magic City lemon pepper barbecue wings.
Williams was shipped off to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a trade that sent Rajon Rondo to the Los Angeles Clippers. Williams has a pretty notable connection to the city of Atlanta: not only did he play there from 2012-2014, but it’s the home of his beloved Magic City strip club. The guard infamously stopped by last year while on an excused absence from the NBA bubble, purportedly for his “Louwill Lemon Pepper BBQ wings.”
Naturally, Magic City did not miss the opportunity to welcome Williams on social media, even trolling Buffalo Wild Wings over the competing restaurant’s own welcome.
Williams ultimately accepted the joke. He’ll be hearing a lot about it now — assuming he reports to the team, of course.
Lou Williams’ word will be put to the test.
Earlier in March, Williams posted on Instagram. A troll told him that he was about to be traded. The Los Angeles Clippers guard suggested that he would retire if he got traded.
“This my last stop champ,” Williams wrote in a comment on March 3. “I get traded it’s gonna be to LouWillVille lol.”
Well, just before Thursday’s trade deadline, Williams was dealt to the Atlanta Hawks for Rajon Rondo.
Williams had some stability as this was his fourth straight season with the Clippers. The 34-year-old bounced around plenty during his career but probably enjoyed not bouncing around so much.
Williams is in his final season under contract and may have been thinking of retiring after the season. Could the trade to Atlanta just bump up Williams’ plans to call it a career? We will see.
The Los Angeles Clippers did not sign Rajon Rondo last offseason despite being repeatedly linked to him, but they have now found another way to acquire the veteran point guard.
Rondo has been traded from the Atlanta Hawks to the Clippers in exchange for Lou Williams, two second-round picks and cash, according to The Athletic.
Rondo signed a two-year, $15 million deal with the Hawks last November after also being pursued by the Clippers. There were indications that Rondo would have preferred to sign with L.A. at the time.
Though he has played sparingly in Atlanta and is averaging a career-low 3.9 points and 3.5 assists per game, Rondo is a vocal leader with extensive postseason experience. The Clippers had well-documented issues with chemistry during the playoffs last season, so Rondo could help them in multiple ways.
It will be interesting to see how Williams reacts to the trade, as the former Sixth Man of the Year previously hinted he might retire before he starts fresh elsewhere.
Any NBA team hoping to trade for Lou Williams before this year’s deadline is probably spit out of luck.
The LA Clippers guard made an interesting revelation about his NBA future on Wednesday. Replying to a troll who commented on one of his Instagram posts about the possibility of Williams being traded, the former Sixth Man of the Year indicated that he would retire if dealt by the Clippers.
“This my last stop champ,” Williams wrote. “I get traded it’s gonna be to LouWillVille lol.”
Williams is 34 and in his 16th NBA season. He will also be a free agent in the summer. While Williams’ numbers are down this season (12.4 points and 3.7 assists per game), he is playing fewer minutes and is actually shooting a career-high 39.6 percent from deep.
The trade gods have been circling Williams for several months now. But for a player who has already had a fruitful NBA career with over $80 million in earnings, retirement may be the most appealing route if he does get traded.