Lou Williams Will Reportedly Not Return to the Philadelphia 76ers

Michael FoglianoAnalyst IJuly 6, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 23: Lou Williams #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates a shot during the game against the Boston Celtics in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on May 23, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The 76ers won 82-75. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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After the Philadelphia 76ers reportedly agreed to terms with shooting guard Nick Young (as tweeted by ESPN's Marc Stein), it seemed all but inevitable that Lou Williams would be moving on. 

Now, that notion has been made official, as the star sixth man announced via Twitter:



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.