The alternate title to this post was "breaking: teams might be interested in Lou Williams." This shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but nonetheless, it's the start of free agency rumor season, so per Shams Charania of RealGM, Sacramento, the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and New Jersey Nets are expected to pursue Lou in free agency.
The more interesting tidbit in the article is the suggestion that Williams could receive a three-year, $27 million deal, or a four-year, $35 million deal in free agency. If that's the price, and Williams is returning to the same core on the Raptors, I would be perfectly fine bidding farewell to Williams, even if it means no additional songs from Drake dedicated to our sixth man.
Now that we've had some time from the end of the season, I think we can all take a step back and say that while Williams' style was fun, he was an isolation machine and not a very efficient one at that. For the price we had him for last year, that was fine, to a degree. If we're paying him $8 million annually, I think we can all agree it would be much smarter for Masai Ujiri to invest that money elsewhere. Finding perimeter scoring off the bench is important, but not committing $8 million per year important, especially not for this roster.
I've said it before, I'm not against having Williams on this team, just at an appropriate price, and preferably with a re-tooled roster so there isn't so much overlap between him and the main perimeter players on our team.
What does everyone think?