It’s very possible the Hawks made their final significant move of this offseason when they finalized a one-year contract with Lou Williams.
Free agent guard Lou Williams has agreed to a deal to return to the Atlanta Hawks, his agent Wallace Prather of @parlay_se tells @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 5, 2021
Williams was acquired by Atlanta at the 2020-2021 trade deadline, and while he initially considered retirement before joining the Hawks, he was quickly embraced by the team. His veteran presence had a significant impact on the rest of the locker room. Oh, and Williams was pretty good at basketball too, providing a much-needed scoring spark off the bench. He led the Hawks to a Game 4 win in the Eastern Conference Finals while Trae Young was sidelined with an injury, and after the season ended, he made it clear on Instagram that he wanted to return. However, the Hawks apparently had a lot of competition for the veteran point guard.
According to reports, Williams received significant interest from the Lakers, Bucks, and Warriors before re-signing with the Hawks.
Lou Williams received 'significant interest' from the Lakers, Warriors, and Bucks before returning to the Hawks, per @MikeAScotto pic.twitter.com/9xVZ5N22AG
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) August 5, 2021
This tells you all you need to know about Lou Williams. He might be the most loyal guy in the NBA. He was really beat up about the Clippers trading him, but he found a new home in Atlanta, and it’s clear he had ever intention of staying once the season ended. The Lakers, Warriors, and Bucks might be sexier teams, and they probably even offered more opportunities for playing time, but the Hawks started something special last season, and it looks like Williams wants to help them finish the job.
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