The Los Angeles Lakers finally began to make some noise in this off-season. The Lakers agreed to terms with reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams on a three year, $21 million contract in hopes of boosting their scoring off the bench.
After agreeing to the deal, Williams recently had an interview with Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders and spoke about appreciating how the Lakers are working towards becoming a competitive team again:
We’ll see the final product once we’re going into training camp. I appreciate the fact that they are making moves and they are trying to become a competitive playoff team again. They’re trying to get back to the winning that they’ve always had. I’m really looking forward to my future there.”
The Lakers have always maintained that they would do everything to improve the roster in hopes of winning immediately and their moves this off-season fits in with that mindset. In addition to agreeing with Williams, the Lakers are also trading for center Roy Hibbert and agreed to a deal with veteran forward Brandon Bass.
The Lakers did not get off to a good start in free agency as they missed out on all of their top targets. LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan, and Greg Monroe all chose other teams over the Lakers. Even after losing out on the big-name players, the Lakers’ backup plan is extremely solid.
The Lakers now have an intriguing mix of veteran players and promising rookies heading into next season, and there are still more moves that will likely be made. Williams sees the promise with the organization and the current roster and things finally seem to be looking up for the team.[divide]