One day after reportedly trading for Roy Hibbert, the Lakers made their second move of free agency, signing reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams to a three-year, $21 million deal. RealGM’s Shams Charania reported the signing, and Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the length and value of the deal:
There has to be another move coming. The only way the Lakers have the cap room to sign Williams to this deal is by shedding salary, either in the Hibbert deal or a sign-and-trade with the Raptors for Williams. The most likely candidate to be moved is Nick Young, if anyone will take his contract.
The Williams fit doesn’t make a lot of sense, either. The Lakers just drafted another scoring guard, D’Angelo Russell, with the No. 2 pick, and Williams is a high-volume scorer. Between Russell, Williams, Young (if he stays), Jordan Clarkson and a theoretically healthy Kobe Bryant, that’s a lot of guards and not a lot of minutes to divide up. It will be interesting to see how this works out.