Sixers Offseason Tracker: Latest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

Kelly ScalettaFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2012

Sixers Offseason Tracker: Latest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

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    The Philadelphia 76ers had a better than expected season for the second season in a row, making it to the second round of last year's playoffs. Next year, they'll be looking to go even further. 

    Will they be able to do it, though? Will they even be able to retain the team they have? These are the questions the Sixers fans have right now. 

    Here are the latest news and rumors involving the Sixers and how the team will be affected this offseason. 

Philly Involved in D-12 Trade; Bynum to Philly, Iguodala to Denver

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    Update: Friday, August 10 -- Maxwell Ogden

    Showtime has returned to Los Angeles, ladies and gentlemen, as Dwight Howard has officially become a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. As for how the deal got done, the word impact doesn't really do this trade justice.

    Four teams were involved in this deal, with the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers joining the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic to get the swap done. Amongst the players traded were All-Stars Andre Iguodala and Andrew Bynum.

    According to Ken Berger of CBS.com, this is how it all went down.

    -- Orlando sends Howard, Earl Clark and Chris Duhon to the Lakers and Jason Richardson to the 76ers.

    -- L.A. sends Andrew Bynum to Philly, and Christian Eyenga, Josh McRoberts, a conditional 2017 first-round pick and a conditional 2015 second-round pick to Orlando.

    -- Denver sends Al Harrington and Arron Afflalo to Orlando with a 2013 second-round pick and a 2014 first-round pick from the Nuggets or Knicks.

    -- Philadelphia sends Andre Iguodala to Denver and Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless and a conditional first-round pick to Orlando. The Philly pick is lottery-protected in 2013 and '14, top-11 protected in '15 and top-8 protected in '16. If the Magic don't get the pick by '16, they get two second-round picks from the Sixers.

    While the winners and losers of this trade are of a subjective matter, there's no denying how big every move was. Los Angeles receives Dwight Howard, Philadelphia gets Andrew Bynum, Denver acquires Andre Iguodala and Orlando receives positional upgrades, a slew of draft picks and significant cap space.

    Upwards of $20 million should the expected buyout of Al Harrington goes through.

    -- Report via B/R's NBA Trade Rumors tracker

     

    BREAKING NEWS: Thursday, August 9 -- Joel C. Cordes

    Dwight Howard is finally a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, and the rest of the NBA is no longer hostage to his story. The blockbuster four-team trade involving the Lakers, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic will go through.

    Merely rumors as of early Thursday afternoon, the trade was allegedly agreed to in principal during the wee hours of the evening, with a league-office finalization call being planned for Friday morning.

    Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN and ESPNLA, respectively, broke the stories Thursday night, providing new details from the earlier speculations that included Pau Gasol.

    Gasol appears to actually be safe now, with only Bynum and a first round draft pick leaving L.A. in return for Dwight Howard. Andre Iguodala will indeed leave Philadelphia for Denver, who will ship Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington and at least one first rounder to Orlando.

    The Magic will also reportedly receive Nikola Vucevic, at least one first round pick and (potentially) Moe Harkless from the Sixers. 

    Philly is potentially the real winner, landing not only Andrew Bynum, but also Jason Richardson in the process for nothing more than Iggy and some spare assets.

    Neither Bynum nor Howard are likely to sign in-season extensions, and Marc Stein especially reinforced this for D12.

    ESPN source says Dwight definitely NOT doing extension with Lakers. Will test drive Lakerland for season and go to free agency in July 2013

    — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 10, 2012

    If L.A. does not work out for Dwight, says source briefed on his thinking, he knows "Dallas will be there for him." Mavs will have cap space

    — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 10, 2012

    Yet, both will have massive financial and personal incentive to re-sign with their new teams next offseason. Howard will finally be playing on the big stage for a championship contender, while Bynum will have a franchise all to himself, playing within an hour of his New Jersey home.

    - Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's L.A. Lakers Offseason tracker.

     

    Update: Thursday, August 9 -- Joel C. Cordes

    It's been awhile since we've had a good Dwight Howard rumor to freak out about, but this one is certainly both new and a doozy.

    Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic have found some fresh victims (err... facilitators) for their continued Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum trade machinations:

    Orlando and the L.A. Lakers are engaged in 4-way talks with Denver and Philadelphia on a Dwight Howard blockbuster, league sources tell Y!

    — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) August 9, 2012

    Including the Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers actually makes a ton of sense. Just check out the rosters for the Nuggets and the Sixers; each has plenty of names that could be attractive to a rebuilding Orlando franchise.

    However, a deal of this magnitude brings up more questions than answers. Could Bynum be going to Denver or Philly instead of Orlando? What do those other two teams get out of such a deal? Which young stars could be included in these discussions? 

    We've heard plenty of head-scratching rumors ever since this saga began, but this one comes from a reputable source and is fresh enough to create some pause. At least we all now have something to think about for the day...

    - Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's Offseason Trade Rumors tracker.

Philly Signs Maalik Wayns

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    With Lou Williams' departure earlier this offseason, the Philadelphia 76ers found themselves in need of a backup point guard. To solve those woes, the team has gone out and signed undrafted free agent Maalik Wayns.

    Terry Toohey of The Times Herald has the story.

    The deal reportedly is similar to the one Lavoy Allen received after the Sixers took him in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft, No. 50 overall, the source said. Allen reportedly received a $60,000 signing bonus and then received the rookie minimum of $473,604 after making the team.

    While this is far from the ideal situation for Sixers fans, Wayns will join an already stacked backcourt. He will join Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala as capable ball handlers.

Andre Iguodala Trade Rumors

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    Update: Monday, July 30 -- Maxwell Ogden

    It seems as if you'll have to wait for a trade involving Andre Iguodala.

    Many have speculated where Iguodala would end up, as trade rumors have grown synonymous with his name. For those who believed that he would be moved by offseason's end, that prayer will not be answered.

    John Finger of CSNPhilly.com has the story.

    According to a source, a trade involving Iguodala “won’t happen” during the off-season. As a result of that, the Sixers’ off-season tinkering to their roster is complete and aside from a few free agents who get invitations to training camp, the team is set.

    The roster is set and Iguodala is staying in town. Unless he's shipped out before the January trade deadline, that won't change until he has the option to become a free agent in 2013.

    --End of Update--

     

    According to a source, a trade involving Iguodala “won’t happen” during the off-season. As a result of that, the Sixers’ off-season tinkering to their roster is complete and aside from a few free agents who get invitations to training camp, the team is set.

    There is almost a certain rumor to crop up every offseason, Andre Iguodala being traded for someone. It's not unreasonable. 

    Iguodala is about as close as you'll ever get to a poor man's Scottie Pippen. He isn't on the same level as Pippen, but he's about 80 percent of a Pippen, which is still a very good NBA player. I mean, we are talking about an All-Star here. 

    So the most interesting rumor I've heard so far might be getting ignored even though it would be a huge trade. It involves Andre Iguodala for Pau Gasol. 

    Normally, I'd shrug off such a thing except for this clause yesterday from the Philadelphia Inquirer's John Mitchell, which says that the Sixers will "neither confirm nor deny" the reports. Not confirming is one thing, but not denying is close to confirming. Who that is isn't mentioned. Of course, who it is could be the difference between the deal working and not working. 

    Obviously the Sixers would have to throw in someone else, though 

    According to Mitchell, two other teams who could be interested in Iguodala are Golden State and Toronto. Meanwhile, Toronto could offer an eighth pick and some cap relief. 

    The Warriors deal doesn't seem likely, as the Warriors don't have any cap space to absorb extra salary, so they'd be wanting to send a bad contract back, which the Sixers really don't want. Is the difference between the seventh and eighth pick worth a bad contract? Not likely. 

Sixers Bring in a Vet

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    Update: Friday, July 27 -- Maxwell Ogden

    Per a report via NBA.com, the Philadelphia 76ers have officially signed veteran point guard Royal Ivey. This will be the second stint in Philadelphia for the former Texas Longhorns star.

    The Sixers first signed Ivey as a free agent on July 28, 2008.  He played in 97 regular season games for Philly before being traded along with Primoz Brezec and a second round pick to Milwaukee in exchange for Francisco Elson and Jodie Meeks on February 18, 2010.

    Jrue Holiday will have a much more important role in 2012-13. Royal Ivey, however, will be just as important as he plays the role of mentor. He'll also be in position to see his most minutes since 2008 while with the Milwaukee Bucks.

    --End of Update--

     

    Upon allowing Lou Williams to enter free agency, the Philadelphia 76ers have left themselves with an uncharacteristically weak backcourt. In an attempt to add some depth to their current unit, it appears as if the team has opted for a veteran presence.

    With Jrue Holiday entering his contract season, the expectations for the point guard position are at a high for the 76ers nation. To keep the youngster in check, the Sixers have presented the duties of mentorship to Royal Ivey.

    Collins: Goal to start Hawes at power forward and Brown st center. Added Royal Ivey as vet backup PG. #Sixers

    — Tom Moore (@tmoorepburbs) July 17, 2012

    Ivey has served as the reserve point guard to both Brandon Jennings and Russell Westbrook. Both players quietly matured while Ivey was a member of the roster, which could go beyond coincidence.

    The 76ers appear to believe in his value. The former Texas Longhorn will have another year to mentor a star in the making.

Jodie Meeks Isn't Coming Back

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    Update: Friday, July 27 -- Joel C. Cordes

    It's unclear just when the Philadelphia 76ers soured on Jodie Meeks, but they've been happy to let the combo-guard walk during free agency this offseason.

    The Los Angeles Lakers have been expressing modest interest throughout this time period as they still look to fortify their new bench around Antawn Jamison and Jordan Hill.

    Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy updates that the conversations continue:

    The Los Angeles Lakers continue to express interest in Jodie Meeks, according to source. No deal is imminent, but the two sides are talking.

    — Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 27, 2012

    Meeks won't get more than the veteran's minimum salary with L.A., so he's undoubtedly still waiting to see if a larger offer comes down the pipeline. There aren't many guards left to choose from, so it's still possible he finds some mini mid-level or biannual exception money from somebody out there.

    Meeks is big enough to be pesky on defense and he has decent range, though his ceiling and optimal role are both still unknown. He'd be a nice fit for the Lakers, as he provides the guard size and versatility lost when Ramon Sessions departed.

    - Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's Top Free Agents offseason tracker.

76ers Sign Draft Picks

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    The Philadelphia 76ers certainly had an eventful NBA Draft. They traded two of their draft choices and ended up with two of the most athletic prospects in the draft.

    When all was said and done, it's safe to say that the Philadelphia 76ers landed one of the best players available and improved their frontcourt dramatically. As of today, they've made sure that those players are under contract.

    #Sixers announce team has officially signed draft picks @moe_harkless and @amoultrie

    — Michael Preston (@preston76) July 24, 2012

    While this was certainly expected, the news should still offer a sense of confidence moving forward. The 76ers' frontcourt lacked the necessary athleticism to compete a year ago and they certainly have that under contract after today.

Kwame Brown Arrives

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    Update: Wednesday, July 18 -- Joel C. Cordes

    Once again, Kwame Brown has big expectations before he's proven them warranted. According to Philly.com, Coach Doug Collins says that Brown was signed to be the team's starting center, thereby moving Spencer Hawes to power forward. 

    Hawes' defensive deficiencies should be balanced by Brown's complete lack of an offensive game, but does that make one halfway decent player between the two of them?

    Logic says the rest of the starting lineup would include Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner or Nick Young, and Andre Iguodala.

    Update: Friday, July 13 -- Joel C. Cordes

    With the Sixers being shallow up front, adding at least another body who can protect the basket is a must. It's something that Spencer Hawes and the rest of this undersized roster can't do.

    The Philadelphia 76ers must really love former Golden State Warriors or something. Just days after trading for Dorell Wright, they've signed Kwame Brown.

    Kwame Brown has agreed to a deal with the 76ers, his agent Mark Bartelstein says.

    — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 13, 2012

    Terms of the deal are not yet disclosed, but it's likely this is just a single-year pact. While fans will likely bemoan the inclusion of the now 30-year old busted No. 1 draft pick, Brown has actually turned into a very serviceable defensive big man.

    Brown was injured for most of last season, and he's unlikely to get much burn for coach Doug Collins. However, consider him a defensive depth upgrade over the now long-departed Tony Battie.

Favorite Emerges in GM Search

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    Update: Sunday, July 22 -- Maxwell Ogden

    The Philadelphia 76ers have been in search of a general manager for quite some time now. One just might know it from how active Philly has been in free agency.

    As Chris Broussard of ESPN.com reports, their search could be coming to a close. An ESPN anchor has emerged as the favorite.

    Tom Penn has emerged as frontrunner for Philly 76ers GM job, sources say. Meeting for 2nd time w/Philly on Tuesday.

    — Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 22, 2012

    Tom last worked with the Portland Trail Blazers as the Assistant General Manager from 2007-2010. He helped restore the franchise to respectability from the Jail Blazers days.

    Apparently Philly wants to give him a chance to shine.

    --End of Update--


    The Philadelphia 76ers have been looking to replace their GM, Rob Thorn. They just lost out in a competition with their top choice, Danny Ferry. 

    That leaves Rick Sund, who is the answer to the question, "Who has two thumbs and is the top pick for 76ers GM? 

    Look at picture above.

    "This guy!" 

    That's according to Sam Amico, who tweets,

    Danny Ferry has accepted Hawks GM job, according to team official. As for Rick Sund, still hearing Sixers a real possibility.

    — Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) June 25, 2012

    Sund is the former manager of the Atlanta Hawks, who was replaced by Danny Ferry. 

    If what the Sixers want is to be a team that repeatedly has good, but not great, regular seasons and never makes it past the second round of the playoffs, then Sund has a track record you can't argue with. 

    Of course, if they don't want that, then it's pretty clear why Sund was not their first choice. 

76ers Add a Sharpshooter

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    According to Marcus Thornton of the Bay Area News Group, the Philadelphia 76ers have struck a deal for one of the game's true sharpshooters.

     

    Warriors Trade SF Dorell Wright to Philly for Draft Pick j.mp/Nmn8Pn

    — Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) July 10, 2012

     

    The trade is said to include a player whom the Philadelphia 76ers had previously stashed overseas. In other words, Philadelphia is losing a player who has never actually been a part of the team for a sharpshooting 3 who can do the one thing Andre Iguodala can't: make his jumpers.

Louis Williams Is Gone

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    Update: Wednesday, July 11 -- Joel C. Cordes

    After having traded away their leading scorer this offseason, the Atlanta Hawks replace Joe Johnson with a true bucket filler. ESPN reports that the Hawks have agreed to a (presumed) mid-level contract with Lou Williams, formerly of the Philadelphia 76ers.

    While it remains to be seen just what role Williams will play for the Hawks, he was searching for a starting gig this year. It's unlikely, based on their current roster, that Williams would supplant Jeff Teague at the point. Yet, pairing them together would create a very under-sized, albeit incredibly fast, backcourt.

    The Hawks also just acquired Devin Harris this offseason, further muddling the guard hierarchy.

    Williams put up 14.9 points and 3.5 assists per game off the Sixers bench last season. He'll certainly find all the shots he likes on a team who's desperate for a floor-stretcher around Al Horford, Josh Smith, Teague and Harris.

    UPDATE: According to Lou Williams' official Twitter account, the Philadelphia 76ers' leading scorer will not be returning to town. Williams' heartfelt goodbye, albeit limited to 140 characters, can be found below.

     

    Philly, I appreciate you all. Unfortunately I will not be coming back, as an organization they decided to move in a different direction.

    — Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) July 6, 2012

    John R. Finger of CSN Philadelphia confirmed this story, as he broke the news via his own Twitter account. A sad goodbye for one of Philly's favorites.

     

    Sixers source confirms that they will not re-sign Lou Williams

    — John R. Finger (@jrfingerCSN) July 6, 2012

    It's a new day for Lou Williams. Where he ends up is as much of a mystery as why Philadelphia let him go, but that is no concern of the Philadelphia faithful. Instead, the 76ers must focus on how they will replace him.

     

    Last year, the Sixers' leading scorer was Louis Williams, who is an unrestricted free agent this summer. According to Bob Coony of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Williams may stay or may go. 

    "We'd like to sign him, if at all possible," said Thorn. "He wants to test the waters. To become an unrestricted free agent doesn't happen often, maybe once or twice in a career. He wants to see what's out there. He has said he wants to stay with us, but we'll have to wait and see what happens.

    When it comes to unrestricted free agents, that's the kicker. The whole "unrestricted" thing throws a wrench in the works for teams wanting to hold on to players. Just ask Dan Gilbert.
    It could be that a team could entice Williams away with the promise of a starting job. The Sixers could very well keep him, but it wouldn't be a shock if they didn't. 

Spencer Hawes Stays

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    Update: Wednesday, July 4 -- Joel C. Cordes

     Spencer Hawes will re-sign with the Sixers, though he had a lot of interest from other teams according to Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

    "A league source said, “There are a lot of teams interested in him. Who wouldn’t be? He’s a big man who can do a lot of things and is only 24 years-old.” Several sources have said Hawes could garner anywhere from $5 to $7 million a season. 

    Details of Hawes' deal comes via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

    Free agent center Spencer Hawes has reached agreement on a two-year, $13M-plus extension with Philadelphia, league sources tell Y! Sports.

    — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2012

Elton Brand Amnestied

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    Update 2 : Friday July 13 -- Maxwell Ogden

    Per a report via Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the hunt for Elton Brand has come to a relatively quick close. Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks have claimed Brand off of amnesty waivers.

    Elton Brand has been successfully claimed off amnesty waivers by the Mavericks, agent David Falk confirms.

    — Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) July 13, 2012

    This certainly re-establishes the Dallas Mavericks as a playoffs contender, as they've added both Chris Kaman and Elton Brand during this offseason. While their back court leaves room for improvement, the Mavs may have their best offensive front court since Dirk Nowitzki arrived.

    - Content for this update provided by Bleacher Report's Offseason Free Agents Tracker.

    Update: Friday, July 13 -- Joel C. Cordes

    The Los Angeles Lakers also have interest in Elton Brand according to ESPNLA.

    While Brand would provide a nice scoring punch off their bench, one wonders whether he's interested in playing a clear backup role to Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum on the veteran's minimum.

    Whether scooped off waivers or a free agent, Brand still has the chance to earn more minutes and money elsewhere. Yet, will he find better chances to win that elusive championship ring?

    Update: Thursday, July 12 -- Joel C. Cordes

    Having been recently amnestied by the Philadelphia 76ers, former All-Star power forward Elton Brand has two hopes.

    Best-case scenario is that he's claimed off waivers by the Dallas Mavericks. This would allow him to play for a contender, presumably as Dirk Nowitzki's backup, and with friend Chris Kaman.

    Kaman, who played along with Brand on the Los Angeles Clippers a half-decade ago, was recently signed by the Mavericks to be their starting center.

    If Dallas doesn't bite, then Brand is hoping to clear waivers and become an unrestricted free agent. This would allow the 33-year old to decide his own fate by signing with a contender, albeit for presumably less money.

    UPDATE: The Sixers have decided to use the amnesty clause to waive Brand and his $18 million salary, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

    Elton Brand played well last year, but he didn't play $18 million worth of well. To put things in perspective, Carlos Boozer made $3.5 million less than Brand and had four more points and one more rebound, and Chicago fans are crying for his head. 

    Brand is a valued contributor, but you could get what he's contributing for a lot less, and by amnestying him, the Sixers would free up enough money to ink both Lou Williams and Spencer Hawes.

    According to Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Inquirer, it's a "no-brainer." 

    The team also needs to decide whether they will amnesty the contract of Elton Brand, who is scheduled to make $18.16 million next season. The team would pay Brand that money, but it would come off of their salary cap. Doing this seems to be a no-brainer, if the new ownership group is OK with writing that check. If they do amnesty Brand, and can’t sign Williams and/or Hawes, that would free some money, perhaps allowing the team to go after a coveted free agent (maybe Orlando’s Ryan Anderson, a restricted free agent).

    Of course, it's not my $18 million that's getting wasted, so there's that. 

Sixers Re-Sign Lavoy Allen, Reach Agreement with Nick Young as Well

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    The Sixers made a pair of reasonable moves in the early part of the offseason by handing out two contracts that should work out in a favorable manner.

    Philadelphia re-signed 2011 second-round pick Lavoy Allen to a two-year, $6 million deal (via Philadelphia Inquirer), and that's a great value deal for someone who established himself as a reliable piece of the rotation last season.

    The deal makes even more sense considering the club has used its amnesty clause on veteran Elton Brand.

    In a less predictable move but one that should help the team going forward, the Sixers have reportedly reached an agreement with Nick Young on a one-year deal worth $6 million, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Sixers Showing Interest in Donte Greene

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    According to Donte Greene himself, there are two teams showing interest in his services: the Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers.

     

    Just ran into Donte Greene here at Cox Pavilion.Asked if any teams are looking to sign him, he said the Sixers & Bulls showing interest.

    — Jonathan Santiago (@itsjonsantiago) July 18, 2012

    Greene is an unrestricted free agent after Sacramento's decision not to offer him a qualifying contract offer after the season.

    -Content for this update provided by B/R's Chicago Bulls Offseason Tracker.

Jacob Pullen Lighting Up Summer League; NBA Bound?

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    According to Kansas State University's official Twitter page, former star Jacob Pullen has been tearing up the Summer League. The lucky beneficiaries have been the Philadelphia 76ers, who coincidentally lost a combo guard of their own in Lou Williams.

    #KStateMBB alum Jacob Pullen has played well in his 1st 2 Summer League games with the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 19 points on 52 FG%.

    — K-State Athletics (@kstatesports) July 10, 2012

    While one cannot predict the continuation of such stellar performances, it's worth noting that Pullen was once a college star. He's a killer in the clutch and one of the better scorers at his position.

    For those with short term memory, that description fits Lou Williams to a T.