Lou Williams won the Sixth Man of the Year award while playing for the Raptors last season, but that wasn’t enough for the team to want him back once he became an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Williams provided a nice, consistent burst of offense off the bench, averaging 15.5 points on 40.4 percent shooting in 25.2 minutes per contest.
He would have liked to return, but the team decided to go in a different direction.
Speaking on Tim and Sid on Sportsnet on Monday, Williams admitted he was “kind of a little disappointed I wasn’t allowed to stay in Toronto, but things happen, you move forward.”
Williams said he even offered the Raptors a chance to match the Lakers deal, but Masai Ujiri and Co. told him to take the offer.
“I think the playoffs just left a sour taste in everybody’s mouths,” Williams said, before adding, “we were all disappointed with how the playoffs ended. When things like that happen, you don’t know what to expect. I really wanted to be a part of what they were building there.”
The Raptors needed to make some changes after finishing the season ranked 23rd in defensive efficiency, while seeing their offense stagnate as they were swept out of the first round of the playoffs by the Washington Wizards.
Toronto added Corey Joseph on a four-year deal similar in price to what the Lakers paid to ink Williams, believing he could help facilitate while bringing more to the defensive end of the floor than Williams was able to on a regular basis.