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Kings Expected to Have "Strong Interest" in Lou Williams

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Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Real GM reported yesterday that the Sacramento Kings, along with the Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, and New York Knicks are expected to have interest in Toronto Raptors free agent guard Lou Williams when free agency kicks off in a couple of weeks.

Via Shams Charania of RealGM -

Lou Williams is expected to receive strong interest from teams that include the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, providing a clear competition for the Toronto Raptors to retain the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year, league sources told RealGM.

As one of the most potent scorers on the market, Williams could scan league-wide possibilities of a three-year deal in the range of $27 million or four years for $35 million.

For the season, Williams scored a career-best 15.5 points per game while averaging 25.2 minutes — a magnificent resurgence as a player after tearing his ACL in 2013.

As RealGM noted, Lou Williams won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award for his 2014-15 season, and if he’s going to sign with Sacramento this summer, he’s not going to be cheap.

You know, I could go on a frustration filled tangent about how the Kings should have just retained Isaiah Thomas last year if they wanted to target Lou Williams this year, but I’m not going to do that.

The case for Lou Williams is obvious. The Kings need to improve their bench unit, and as the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, Williams would certainly provide something the Kings have been missing.

His ability to play both guard positions would also give the Kings a veteran shooting guard option to push both Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas, which is something the Kings haven’t really had since Marcus Thornton. It would be nice to have that veteran insurance at a position where the Kings are still incredibly young.

That’s the good.

The bad is that I will highly question the Kings spending their limited cap space on another offensive player.

I’ve been impressed with who the Kings have reportedly expressed interest in thus far. Kosta Koufos, and Wesley Matthews, to be specific. Those players represent years long weaknesses the Kings have failed to fill. Lou Williams, for as talented as he is, represents a lot of what the Kings have had in Sacramento before, and have since shipped out.

As with any potential signing, I’d have to see what the contract looks like before I put my stamp of approval or disapproval on the move. Generally speaking, I’m not a huge fan of players like Williams, but I can see what the Kings are potentially trying to do here.

It’s also worth noting that this rumor isn’t what I would consider ‘strong’ in the sense that the wording is really weak and non-committal.

Lou Williams is "expected to receive strong interest from" is exactly how I would phrase a rumor that I wasn’t so sure about. So, let me get this straight, Lou hasn’t received this interest yet, but he is expected to. Ok. Got it. If that is the case, couldn’t we hold off on reporting this until after the strong interest is received? At that point, we have something tangible. Right now, I’m not sure what we have.