With the Lakers, Lou Williams was a non-issue. Now he is a rival.
As Adrian Wojnarowski reports, the Houston Rockets have traded Corey Brewer and a first-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lou Williams.
This could be more important than it seems right off the bat. Williams is a fantastic scoring guard, pouring in 18.6 points per game, while only averaging a little over 24 minutes off the bench. The former 6th Man of the Year should do incredibly well under Houston coach Mike D’Antoni.
The return for the Lakers is a bit underwhelming, but make no mistake. This was not about making the Lakers better. This is a tank trade.
You see, the Lakers lose their 2017 pick if it falls outside the top 3. This draft is slated to be the deepest in at least 5 years. To lose that spot at number 4 to The Process would be heartbreaking. And hilarious.
This move has Playoff implications for the Spurs.
The Rockets are now deeper, with another offensive weapon to bolster their depth. On the Lakers, Williams held an offensive plus/minus of 5.7 this season, easily the best of his career. He was, without a doubt, the best player on their squad.
He will be unleashed in Houston, and that should scare every other team in the league. Especially the Spurs. In all likelihood, we will face the Rockets in the second round of the Playoffs this year.
And their offense will test us.
There is only so much we can do to hide Tony Parker against Houston, and they will run and push him early in games. Adding a player of Lou’s quality off the bench is potentially a game-changer in the matchup, and one that would be difficult to counter with our current roster.
I’m certain that Pop has something up his sleeve, and we have shown we can control pace. If we can’t, this squad might be our demise.