Clippers, Lou Williams agree on three-year extension
PLAYA VISTA — The Clippers and Lou Williams agreed Wednesday on a three-year contract extension that could keep the backup shooting guard in uniform through the 2020-21 season, ending lingering speculation he could be moved before the trade deadline Thursday.
“It was nice for this organization to commit to me the same way I’ve committed to these guys this year,” Williams said. “In years past, these scenarios don’t usually go my way, so it was nice for one to go my way and to be somewhere I wanted to be.”
Williams has averaged career-high totals of 23.3 points, 38 percent shooting from 3-point range and 5.3 assists in 51 games this season, his first with the Clippers after they acquired him June 28 in the multi-player trade that sent Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets.
The 31-year-old Williams has scored 40 points or more four times in 2017-18, including a career-best 50 in the Clippers’ victory Jan. 10 over the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. His average of 22 points per game while playing a reserve role leads the league.
He said the extension came together quickly, although he couldn’t say how quickly.
“To keep my frustration level down, I’ve always allowed my agent (Wallace Prather) to speak for me and deal with everything,” he said. “We have a preliminary conversation as far as where we are as far as terms and numbers and once we agree to that, I put it in his hands.
“Kudos to him and ‘L’ for getting it done.”
Williams referred to Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ president of basketball operations, by his nickname. The Clippers’ agreement with Williams was Frank’s second significant move in a little more than a week. He traded Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons in a multi-player deal Jan. 29.
The Clippers and Pistons play Friday in Detroit […]