With the Los Angeles Clippers suffering another frustrating season of injuries, they've badly needed some of their role players to step up and take on more responsibility.
One player who has done that impressively is veteran Lou Williams. With the likes of Blake Griffin, Danilo Gallinari, Patrick Beverley and Milos Teodosic spending time out, he has been the team's source of offence all year.
The 31-year-old is having the best campaign of his career and currently leads the Clippers in scoring, averaging 23.1 points per game.
He has scored 30 or more points in his last three outings, which included a stunning career-high 50 points on the road against the Golden State Warriors.
Immediately after that performance, reports emerged that the franchise is looking to tie him down to an extension.
Williams is set to be a free agent in the summer but according to Shams Charania of The Vertical, his representatives and the Clippers have been in discussions over extending his contract, although no deal has been formalised as yet.
The shooting guard is eligible for an extension during the season and Los Angeles is looking to take full advantage of that and lock him down.
With injuries marring the first half of the campaign for the Clippers, their chances of making the playoffs this year looked slim and there was an expectation that they would look to make moves before the trade deadline to bring in some younger players.
Williams - who is no stranger to a trade - was an asset that was mooted to potentially be used in any deal with rival teams, but that now looks unlikely.
In the space of just four months last year, he was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Houston Rockets and then on to the Clippers.
This is his 15th year in the league and he's representing his sixth different team but he may have finally found a home now and he's really hoping that it stays that way.
"Honestly, I would hope not [to be traded]. I'm putting my heart and soul into this basketball team with all the injuries that we've had and for us to still have an opportunity to be competitive," he said, according to Clutch Points' Tomer Azarly. "I would like to find a home here. I'm starting to bond with these guys. So hopefully this is where I am at the end of the year."
His form this season has even led to some people calling for him to be named as an All-Star for the first time but the Clippers certainly value him in that regard and are prepared to make him an important member of their roster.