The Los Angeles Lakers came in to NBA Free Agency with high hopes, a large wishlist, and all the cap space to bring in a cornerstone for the franchise.
FREE AGENCY FAILURE
LaMarcus Aldridge was at the top of that list, and the Lakers missed out on the Blazers big man thanks to a poor presentation. The Lakers also swing-and-missed on Greg Monroe from the Detroit Pistons, who chose the Bucks instead in what is a damning indictment on the storied team's current situation.
But the Lakers are finally starting to bring some players in after those disappointments, with the reigning Sixth Man of the Year being the latest new addition.
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According to a report from Shams Charania of RealGM, the Lakers have brought in former Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams, with the 28-year old being their first proper signing of free agency, ahead of Brandon Bass and a trade for Roy Hibbert.
"Free agent Lou Williams has reached agreement on a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league source tells RealGM," Charania tweeted out late last night.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports then went on to reveal the details of the move, reporting that the 6th Man of the Year will be earning $21-million dollars for the next three years of his career in Los Angeles.
"Free agent Lou Williams has agreed to a 3-year, $21 million deal with Lakers, league sources tell Yahoo," Woj said.
Williams averaged a career-high 15.5 points and helped Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games in 2014-15, his lone season there. The Lakers have upgraded their guard rotation by adding Williams after drafting Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell with the No. 2 pick.
Williams was drafted in the second round of the 2005 Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 45th pick overall out of South Gwinnett high school in Georgia. He played for the Sixers for seven years before joining the Hawks in 2012 and then Toronto in 2014.