In an interview with Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Williams said he "was done" after being traded for the second time in the span of six months until Rivers assured him the Clippers needed him:
Williams was in the midst of a four-month stretch in 2017 when he was with three different teams. His 2016-17 season started with the Los Angeles Lakers, who traded him to the Houston Rockets on Feb. 23.
After finishing out the season in Houston, Williams was dealt to the Clippers during the summer as part of the package for Chris Paul. The 33-year-old has established himself as one of the most important players for Rivers since arriving in Los Angeles.
During his first season with the Clippers in 2017-18, Williams averaged a career high 22.6 points per game. He has shot 36.1 percent from three-point range in 181 games with the team and is the reigning two-time Sixth Man of the Year.
As the Clippers' expectations skyrocketed this summer with the additions of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, Williams remains an integral part of Rivers' offense. He ranks third on the team in scoring average (19.9) and is averaging a career best 6.3 assists per contest.