Clippers guarantee Lou Williams’ 2020-21 deal in a show of appreciation, per report

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “So that’s not a diss. It’s just a fact that playing in Toronto is unlike playing for any other team in the NBA. That was the point. No diss. No disrespect.”The Clippers, meanwhile, await Leonard’s destination decision. He’s said to be contemplating whether to join Williams and Beverley in L.A., to team with LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the Lakers, or to remain in Toronto, where he just led the Raptors to their first NBA title and in the process captured his second.With speculation raging across the NBA landscape, Fox Sports broadcaster Cris Carter offered an update Tuesday morning on Twitter: “I’ve just been informed Kawhi has not made a decision. To think the Lakers are ahead of the Clippers or the Raptors would be wrong.” After taking care to retain Patrick Beverley’s services for the next three years, the Clippers went ahead and took care of Lou Williams, agreeing to completely guarantee his $8 million salary for 2020-21 a full season ahead, the Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Tuesday.The three-time Sixth Man of the Year will have his $2 million partial for the 2020-21 season become fully guaranteed at $8 million. Charania cited Williams’ agent, Wallace Prather, with whom the reliable scorer signed in May 2015.In February 2017, Williams signed a three-year, $24 million contract extension with L.A., widely considered a bargain for his 20-points-per-game output. But prior to joining the Clippers, Williams had played for five teams in four years. He said then: “It was nice for this organization to commit to me the same way I’ve committed to these guys this year. 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.”Beverley – who with Williams was an important leader in the Clippers’ locker room last season – agreed to re-sign with the Clippers for three years and $40 million on Sunday. This offseason, Williams has been a vocal proponent of the Clippers outside of the locker room too, offering a spontaneous recruiting pitch aimed at Kawhi Leonard in a recent TMZ video: “Sun’s out, it ain’t cold like it is in Toronto. He got his ring … come holla at us!! … Obviously, he’s already a California kid, anyway. The love is already there. He’s got an opportunity to do something special, he already has a legacy, already a big -time baller in his own right.”“So, for him to have an opportunity to do his thing in the state of California should be dope for him,” Williams continued.As a former member of the Toronto Raptors, with whom he won his first Sixth Man of the Year award, Williams also recently drew interest when he shared some insight on the No Chill Podcast about what it’s like to play in Canada.“The problem they’re going to have is trying to keep guys,” the Memphis native said. “Once you’re there, you’ll love playing for the Raptors, you’ll love playing for the country, but that fourth, fifth month into the season, you’re like, ‘… I want to go home.’“When you play in Toronto, you feel like you’re playing overseas,” he said. “We can’t wait to go on the road sometimes, just to be in America. … It’s like little (things) you don’t think of, like the channels on your TV, phone bill, you got to get a Canadian bank account.”He further flushed out those comments in an Instagram post, explaining: “I don’t know how this got interpreted as a diss to Toronto. Canada was and is a dope place to play. But it has its challenges. Any player on your current team will echo that.”Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates center_img Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum In his 14th NBA go-round last season, Williams, the “professional scorer,” passed Dell Curry (11,147 points) for No. 1 all-time on the points-off-the-bench leaderboard in a blowout victory over the Boston Celtics on March 11.The 32-year-old guard also led all NBA reserves with 20.1 points per game last season, second-most by any bench player in the past 25 years, behind only his own 21.9 points-per-game effort the previous season.And he provided highlights aplenty including hitting the game-winner for a 119-116 victory over Brooklyn in March, becoming just the seventh reserve in league history to score 45 points as he almost rallied the Clippers from a huge deficit in Minnesota in February, and notched his first career triple-double and just the 32nd triple-double off the bench in NBA history in a January victory in Chicago.And, maybe most memorably, he turned Game 2 of the Clippers’ first-round series with Golden State into something of a pro-am, leading the Clippers’ historic 31-point comeback with 36 points and 11 assists, becoming the first NBA player to eclipse 30 points and 10 assists off the bench in a postseason game since 1995. 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