Lou Williams Knew Hawks Could Still Compete
One of the main reasons the Hawks have been doing so well is the addition of Lou Williams, who tried to bluff his way into a big contract with the Philadelphia 76ers and lost. Philly went in another direction, leaving Williams to fend for himself as a free agent. Williams had several offers, but ultimately chose to take the mid-level exception from Atlanta to avoid rebuilding elsewhere.
“I thought it was a group that was still capable of winning after Joe left, and the other offers that I had on the table were really teams that were rebuilding and I didn’t really want to go through that scenario,” Williams tells HOOPSWORLD. “I was in a situation in Philadelphia where I felt like that was a team that was turning the corner to be a pretty good team, so to have success in Philadelphia, and then leaving, I didn’t want to start over.”