It was reported today that the Atlanta Hawks have agreed on a multi-year deal with guard Louis "Lou" Williams.  Williams grew up in Snellville, Georgia, and he played high school basketball at South Gwinnett High School in Snellville.  He entered the 2005 NBA Draft right out of high school and was drafted 45th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers.  The 6'1" veteran guard has a career average of 11.3 points per game.  He lead the Sixers in scoring in 2012, averaging 14.9 points per game, as he came in second in the 2012 Sixth Man of the Year voting.  I think this was a great sign for the Hawks.  Now that Joe Johnson is gone, the Hawks had a gap to fill at shooting guard.  John Jenkins and Anthony Morrow were the two shooting guards on the roster before the Hawks agreed to a deal with Williams.  Jenkins is a great shooter, but he is just a rookie, and I didn't think he was ready to immediately be thrust into an NBA starting role.  Morrow started some for the Nets last season, however on a playoffs team like the Hawks, I would much rather have him as a catch-and-shoot guy off the bench.  That is why we needed to sign someone like Williams to be the starting two-guard, and we did.  He is a player who can create his own shot.  He is quick, and he has the ability to both penetrate to the hole and shoot from the perimeter.  The trade can't become official until the NBA's moritorium is lifted on July 11, and all transactions can go through.  I am extremely excited to have Williams in Atlanta, and I wish him luck in his future with the Hawks.
Lou Williams handling ball with PHI