Joe Johnson and his points are gone, headed to Brooklyn. Jamal Crawford has been gone for a while as the gunner off the bench for the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks need some buckets from the perimeter.
Enter Lou Williams.
Williams, the 76ers leading scorer last season despite coming off the bench, has reached an agreement to join the Atlanta Hawks, reports Brian Windhorst of ESPN (and confirmed by the Atlanta Journal Constitution). Terms of the deal are not yet known.
Williams gave the Sixers 14.9 points per game but on 40 percent shooting last season — he scores but he’s not terribly efficient at it. He can knock down threes (36.2 percent last year) and he shot 41 percent on long twos more than 16 feet) last season, but he struggled to finish at the rim. Still, he scores. He had a PER of 20.3, he can create his own shot (the Hawks will need that next season) he’s not afraid of late games (he was the 76ers creating and taking late shots last season).
Kobe Bryant reflected, told stories and showed his emotions.
For nearly 25 minutes, the Lakers star talked about his pending retirement. It was pretty cool.
DeAndre Jordan‘s free-throw problems – 38.7% this season, 41.5% for his career – are mental.
You can’t watch this trip to the line and convince me otherwise.
Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.
Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.
So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.
So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?
Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.
Sometimes – as Kristaps Porzingis sees against Dwight Howard – it’s more flattering just to play James Harden-level defense.