While much was made this past summer of the Lakers throwing WAY too much money at Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng, the Lakers actually have some contracts that are team friendly. The team’s core of young stars (D’Angelo Russel, Julius Randle, and Brandon Ingram) are all still on their rookie contracts, which should continue to be bargains as the players develop, but there is one deal that sticks out.
Lou Williams first season with the Lakers didn’t go exactly as planned. He was coming off winning 6th-man of the year with the Toronto Raptors and the team hoped he would have a huge impact on the team. With his role constantly changing, playtime going up and down, and Kobe playing at his position, Lou never quite found his way in LA. Expect that to change this year.
Williams has started all three preseason games, averaging 16.7 ppg, and 12.3 apg. This season, Williams is making $7 million. That is less than Jon Leuer, Anthony Tolliver, Garrett Temple, and Corey Brewer.
Mitch Kupchak may have not made many great decisions this offseason, but Lou Williams' contract, a veteran guard who should average between 15 and 20 points, is a steal.