With Blake Griffin shipped off to Detroit, the L.A. Clippers have made sure to lock up Sixth Man of the Year candidate Lou Williams.
According to ESPN, the Clippers have signed the 31-year-old guard to a three-year deal, worth $24 million. There’s also a team option on the third year.
“Lou is an extremely valuable member of our team,” Clippers president Lawrence Frank said in a statement. “Both on the floor and in the locker room, Lou exhibits many of the characteristics that we value. He is professional, committed, and very competitive.”
In a statement of his own, Williams acknowledged that he appreciated the long-term commitment. “It was nice for the organization to commit to me the same way I’ve committed to these guys this year,” he told reporters Wednesday (Feb. 7). “In years past, these scenarios don’t usually go my way, so it was nice for one to go my way and [for me to end up] somewhere I wanted to be. … It’s just nice to have that one consistent — you know you’re going to be somewhere for an extended period of time.”
This season, Williams is averaging career highs of 23.3 points and 5.3 assists per game. He’s also in the final year of his previous contract, earning $7 million this year.
Back in January, Williams poured in a career-high 50 points against the Warriors.