Lou Williams has averaged 15.5 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 2.7 assists against the Utah Jazz over his career. Maybe here soon he’ll be bringing those averages to the Utah Jazz’s bench rather than against them.
Some members of the Utah Jazz front office have expressed interest recently in Lakers guard Lou Williams, ESPN sources say. Many around the league believe Williams is likely to be dealt before Thursday’s trade deadline. Some teams who have talked to the Lakers about Williams believe Los Angeles is seeking a first-round pick in any Williams swap.
The Utah Jazz have both their own pick and Golden State’s 2017 1st rounder. It will be interesting to see what happens with this deal as Derrick Favors is reportedly being coveted by the Phoenix Suns.
More details to follow when they come available ...
[UPDATE I: 1/21/17 2:45PM MST]
Teams continue to believe Lou Williams will be traded before the deadline. No change, even with the Lakers changing management.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 21, 2017
[UPDATE II: 1/21/17 4:03PM MST]
Charlotte aggressively pursuing Los Angeles guard Lou Williams, league sources tell ESPN. As @ESPNSteinLine notes, most likely to be dealt.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 21, 2017
Looks like the Jazz's main competition for Lou Williams is the Charlotte Hornets. Utah might have found itself in a bidding war. Any hopes of their trade activity being confidential might go out the window with the more easy wheeling and dealing Magic Johnson taking over just 48 hours before the trade deadline.
Utah has two first round picks for next year. Those 1st rounders are able to net veterans now, but they will need talent in the pipeline as their young players start to get paid. It'll be interesting to see how Utah plays this out.