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Lou Williams | Guard | #12

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/27/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 175
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 2 (15) / PHI
Contract: view contract details

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Lou Williams' 28 points weren't enough in a 117-108 loss to the Pacers on Monday.
Williams shot 8-of-15 from the field in the loss with three boards, one assist, one steal, one block and five triples in 28 minutes. He also sank 7-of-8 free throws, but that's nothing new for him as he was averaging 5.9 FTAs per game coming into tonight's contest. He's loving life with his new team and may have more value in Houston than he did in Los Angeles, averaging 24.0 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 4.7 3-pointers in his last three games. Feb 28 - 1:03 AM

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Lou Williams scored 17 points on 4-of-11 shooting in 26 minutes on Saturday vs. the Wolves.

In his second game in Houston, Williams looked comfortable again and showed his worth to the contending Rockets, scoring 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter. He added four assists, three steals and two triples while finishing 7-of-9 from the line. Williams said that it's easy to play with the Rockets because of their "open style," and it looks like he will hold onto the value he had in Los Angeles in one of the best offenses in the NBA.
Feb 26 - 12:11 AM

Lou Williams said playing with the Rockets fits his style.

"It’s easy to play with these guys," Williams said. "It’s a very open style. Everybody eats. Everybody’s happy." Williams was eating in the buffet line on Thursday with 15 points during his 12 fourth-quarter minutes, finishing with 27 points total. Williams also avoided playing next to James Harden for the most part with 6.8 minutes with The Beard and 18.3 without him -- 18 of his points were without Harden, too. Williams should be more of a mid-to-late round guy in standard leagues.
Feb 24 - 4:01 PM

Lou Williams came off the bench on Thursday in his Rockets debut and shot it at will, hitting 9-of-16 of them and seven 3-pointers for a team-high 27 points and two assists.

He scored 15 points in the fourth quarter of a 129-99 blowout win, so while it was a fantastic start for his career as a Rocket, it feels pretty fluky. And considering James Harden only scored 13, Trevor Ariza scored nine, and Patrick Beverley had just two points, Williams should have a tough time doing this again. Feel free to take a flier on Williams and hold onto him if you still own him, but we'll have a more realistic feel for his value going forward after a few more Rockets games.
Feb 23 - 11:08 PM

Lou Williams will be in the Rockets' rotation on Thursday, according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

Williams was acquired on Tuesday and initially wasn't expected to play tonight, so this is a pleasant surprise for his owners -- D'Antoni said he'd rather "experiment" with his rotations in a road game. It doesn't seem safe to deploy him in DFS just yet, but season-long owners might as well roll him out there on a six-game night.
Feb 23 - 6:34 PM

The Rockets are not expecting Lou Williams to play against the Pelicans on Thursday night.

The team likely wants him to get a practice in on Friday before putting him out there. When Williams is a go, it should take minutes from Eric Gordon, Sam Dekker and Ryan Anderson. Patrick Beverley could lose shots, but his fantasy value isn't in scoring anyway.
Feb 23 - 4:49 PM

Coach Mike D'Antoni called Lou Williams the seventh man in the rotation.

He also said Williams should be helping Eric Gordon, which suggests Lou will be passing more than he did in Los Angeles. Williams was carrying the Lakers' second unit with a 30.0 usage rate and also in the top 25 for unassisted baskets among the 170 players with at least 30 games and 24 minutes per outing. Williams is also a good catch-and-shoot guy at 39.6 percent on treys, so basically he can get his own shot and create his own. Plus, he's just behind fifth-ranked DeMarcus Cousins for fifth in free throws per 36 minutes to also be a great fit there. Williams' fantasy value will be taking a hit here, but he could still have some late-round appeal.
Feb 22 - 3:36 PM

The Lakers are sending Lou Williams to the Rockets in exchange for Corey Brewer and a first-round pick.

He was fully expected to be moved before the deadline with several teams expressing interest. Williams will have the green light in Houston and the Rockets attempt the most 3-pointers in the NBA, so while his value will take a hit next to usage monster James Harden, standard-league owners should hold onto him for now. He averaged 18.6 points, 3.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.1 triples in just 24.2 minutes per game with the Lakers, so hopefully the Rockets give him 20+ minutes a night. Don't be surprised if Eric Gordon and Patrick Beverley take a slight hit.
Feb 21 - 7:43 PM

The Hornets are reportedly "aggressively pursuing" Lou Williams.

The Hornets are lacking a real scoring punch off the bench, so it'll be interesting to see if Magic Johnson's first trade as the Lakers' President of Basketball Operations ends up being with a team owned by Michael Jordan. Williams wouldn't have much trouble finding quality minutes in Charlotte, so his value would be relatively safe there. Thus far, Williams has been linked to the Hornets, Wizards, Jazz, Rockets and Pelicans, and it seems likely that he'll be dealt at the deadline.
Feb 21 - 5:44 PM

Magic Johnson acknowledged that a majority of the trade calls that have come in have centered around Lou Williams.

"If you're gonna get him it's gonna take a lot to get him," Johnson said in regards to Williams. Sweet Lou is on a very cap friendly deal, with just $7 million owed to him next season, so he's one of the more likely guys to go at the deadline if the Lakers do manage to pull off a trade. So far he's been linked to the Jazz and the Wizards and there are sure a few more teams to add their names to the mix as we approach the deadline. A Williams departure would benefit D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson the most.
Feb 21 - 4:11 PM

Some members of the Utah Jazz front office have expressed interest in trading for Lou Williams, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

The Lakers are in the early stages of a rebuild, so flipping the 30-year old Williams for a draft pick certainly makes sense. Earlier this week it was reported by multiple outlets that the Wizards had discussions with the Lakers regarding Williams. L.A. surely hopes a bidding war drives up the asking price. If Lou Will does get dealt, D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson would see a boost in playing time and fantasy value over the final two months of the season.
Feb 21 - 10:02 AM

According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Wizards have "explored trading a protected first-round pick" for Lou Williams.

This confirms a report by The Vertical on Sunday, so there's definitely something here. The Lakers are going to be sellers at the deadline and are looking for draft picks, while the Wizards are looking to upgrade their second unit for a playoff push. Williams is on the books for $7 million this season and $7 million in 2017-18, and with averages of 18.6 points, 3.2 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.1 triples in just 24.2 minutes per game this season, it's easy to see why contenders will have their eyes on him at the deadline. If Williams finds a new home, that will benefit D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson.
Source: ESPN
Feb 20 - 10:05 PM

Lou Williams could be a potential trade target for the Wizards according to The Vertical.

Williams is on the books for $7 million this season and $7 million in 2017-18, so the Sixth Man of the Year candidate is on a bargain of a contract. The Lakers aren't going anywhere this season and would probably be willing to flip Williams for a pick, and Washington "has shown an inclination" to give up a future first-round pick. Washington's bench isn't loaded by any means, so it's not crazy to think that Williams' value would be fine there. If he finds a new home, that should benefit D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson.
Feb 19 - 9:55 AM

The Lakers are reportedly actively shopping Lou Williams, and it seems likely that he will be moved by the trade deadline.

At 30 years old, Williams just doesn't make much sense on a rebuilding roster, and with a cap friendly contract, the Lakers should be able to get some nice return if they choose to deal the Sixth Man of the Year candidate. Sending away Sweet Lou would also open up minutes for Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell, but Williams would likely lose some value playing outside of Los Angeles.
Source: Hoops Hype
Feb 15 - 9:53 AM

Lou Williams scored 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting in Tuesday's 97-96 loss to the Kings.

He did all of his damage in just 24 minutes and scored 19 points alone in the fourth quarter to nearly steal this one for the Lakers. Williams also hit 5-of-5 from the line and racked up five assists, one rebound, two steals, one block and five 3-pointers. Williams is on a bargain of a contract and he's expected to draw a ton of interest at the deadline, so his value could take a hit if he's moved to a contender.
Source: HoopsHype
Feb 15 - 1:04 AM