There are so many free agents this summer that it’s tough to keep track of. With the focus on big names, fans can occasionally forget about the minor signings that make a team work. In the case of the Celtics, their main pursuit was Ray Allen. He’s the superstar that they focused on signing but missed out on. In the meantime, they signed Brandon Bass, Jason Terry and are close to a deal with Jeff Green. These two huge moves give the Celtics size and comfort, especially because Bass’ return gives them their starting five back.
While moves like the Nets re-signing Deron Williams were the main focus of the off season, it’s one like signing Lou Williams that can turn a team into a championship contender. Lou walked away from the Sixers after averaging 14.9 points off the bench last year, he was the team’s leading scorer. He can shoot and drive, and his versatility as a bench player gives you the option of putting a scorer in the game at any time. He’s the perfect addition for a contending team that needs some youth in their backcourt.
A possible fit for Lou Williams is with the Mavericks, who let both Jason Terry and Jason Kidd go this off-season. Another destination could be the Bulls, who are in need of a back court star with an injured Derrick Rose.
Williams seemed to fit in Philadelphia, where they were discovering success with a group of youngster’s who didn’t know any better than to play their hearts out. He gave them instant offense after droughts where they struggled to put the ball in the hoop, but those days are gone now, and whoever picks up Lou Williams is making a very smart decision.