Lou Williams to Lakers: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

Free-agent guard Lou Williams has elected to join the Los Angeles Lakers.

The team confirmed the signing on July 9:

Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports Williams' contract is worth $21 million over three years.

After the news broke, Williams took to Twitter to confirm his move west:

Williams played for the Toronto Raptors last season and came off the bench to average a career-high 15.5 points. The major contribution was enough to garner him Sixth Man of the Year honors. The 28-year-old has averaged double figures in scoring each of the past eight years.

After he won the prestigious accolade, Williams reflected on his battle back from a torn ACL while playing for the Atlanta Hawks in January 2013, per ESPN's Brian Windhorst:

I didn't think I was going to be the same player [after ACL tear]. I knew I wasn't going to have the foot speed I once had, I knew I wasn't going to be able to jump as high. But it taught me to be smart and I worked on different parts of my game. Being able to evolve and change my game to win this award is very gratifying.

Despite not being the most proficient shooter, with a career 41.6 field-goal percentage and a 34.1 percent success rate from downtown, Williams does bring instant offense to the hardwood. He still has decent quickness, is capable of solid on-ball defense and can create plays off the bounce with excellent ball-handling skills.

As he mentioned in the prior quote, the major knee injury forced Williams to become a better all-around player. It stands to reason he'll be slated for a suitable sixth-man role with the Lakers in what's shaping up to be a potent perimeter rotation.

Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times offered his take on where Williams will play:

L.A. took D'Angelo Russell No. 2 overall in the 2015 draft and has a promising second-year guard in Jordan Clarkson. Both can pl...

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