Lou Williams, the leading scorer for the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2011-2012 season, has officially opted out of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent this season with the potential to go to a number of different teams.
According to Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
A league source said the interest in Williams throughout the league is "significant" and that a contract to land him could be "in the Thaddeus Young range." Before this past season, Young signed a 5-year deal worth close to $43 million.
So, where does Williams appear likely to go next season? Whose jersey will he put on for the 2012-2013 campaign?
It's too soon to have any official indication of where Williams will wind up, so please note that this is speculation on my part based on salary cap room and need. When given, cap information will come via ESPN's Larry Coon.
Read on for the eight early favorites in the Williams sweepstakes.