Lakers’ Value Signing of Lou Williams Won’t Mask Their Flaws on the Court

The Los Angeles Lakers weren't able to sign the big-name free agents at the top of their shopping list. Now, it's time for the recovery.

It appears part of the rehabilitation will be former Toronto Raptors guard and reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Williams averaged 15.5 points per game on 40-34-86 shooting during a revival season in Toronto, his only year as a Raptor. And in today's economic environment, $7 million a season seems like a steal for a guy coming off a Sixth Man of the Year win in a vacuum. Heck, Arron Afflalo just got $8 million a year after the basketball world filed its official disappointment in his 2014-15 season.

In a vacuum: That phrase should stand out.

In reality, Williams isn't the best basketball fit in Los Angeles, even if he is hardly overpaid. But let's get to the good first.

Unless the man they call "Sweet Lou" has one of his worst campaigns in a long time, L.A. should be able to flip him midseason or even next year, especially if similar players, like J.R. Smith—who's still a free agent—end up getting contracts for a higher average annual value than Williams did with the Lakers. 

If L.A. ends up trading him for spare parts or even picks that are so protected they're carrying firearms, that's a smart way to rebuild a roster currently under renovation. You can equate the philosophy to the one the Suns used when general manager Ryan McDonough signed Isaiah Thomas to a four-year, $27 million deal last offseason, even though his team already had two starting-caliber point guards.

Of course, that experiment didn't work, not because of basketball, but because of ego and discordant styles—Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Thomas understandably couldn't find a way to make it work. 

In the Lakers' instance, there's a similar th...

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