Now, that notion has been made official, as the star sixth man announced via Twitter:
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
It's going to feel strange not seeing Williams in a Sixers uniform after spending his whole career in Philadelphia.
Williams, who is just 25 years old, spent seven years with the organization after being drafted in the mid-second round out of high school back in 2005. He had previously expressed interest in remaining with Philly, but in the end, the two sides could not come to an agreement.
The high-octane combo guard is coming off of the best season of his career, averaging 14.9 points and 3.5 assists per game off the bench. Williams was recognized for his efforts after the regular season, finishing second in Sixth Man of the Year voting behind Oklahoma City's James Harden.
Williams has always been a scoring spark and strong performer in the clutch, and should generate significant interest from other teams around the league.