NBA Rumors: Atlanta Hawks Sign Prized Free Agent Lou Williams

Nick Nafpliotis@@NickNafster79Correspondent IJuly 10, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 01:  Louis Williams #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers smiles near the end of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Chicago Bulls during the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on May 1, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The 76ers defeated the Bulls 109-92. 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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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ESPN's Brian Windhorst announced on Twitter today that the Atlanta Hawks had agreed to terms for signing free agent Lou Williams. According to, Williams signed a multi-year contract, but details have yet to be disclosed at this time.

Williams was a prized commodity in the free-agent market this summer. He finished last season leading the Philadelphia 76ers in scoring despite never starting a game and finished second in the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award (per

Williams' career got off to a disappointing start when poor pre-draft workouts dropped him into the second round of the 2005 NBA draft. After being sent to the D-League, Williams was called back up to the 76ers to replace Allen Iverson. He soon became a consistent and occasionally explosive scorer (that could also run the point) for Philadelphia.

It's unclear at this time if the Hawks plan on having Williams and Teague share the point guard position or if Teague has just been converted into trade bait.

One thing that is certain, however, is that the Hawks' decision to hire Danny Ferry as their GM continues to look like it may be one of the best moves in the franchise's history. It also seems that Ferry has no intentions of simply "punting" the 2012-2013 season while waiting for next summer's free-agent market to open.


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