The Lakers brought on Magic Johnson to run basketball operations after firing Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak, and the five-time NBA champion hired renowned agent Rob Pelinka as his General Manager not long before this deal was executed.
This is the first move under new president of basketball operations Magic Johnson, and one many saw coming.
So Lou Williams is off the board for the Utah Jazz, but you can bet that it will soon be replaced by even more rumors during this insane time of year.
Now that Lou Williams has been dealt from the Lakers to the Rockets, the Wizards and other teams have to look elsewhere for bench options with Thursday's trade deadline looming.
Lou Williams, or "Lou Will" as he was immortalized as in Drake's song "6 Man", is the prototypical score-first 6th man. Williams is at $7 million flat for this year and next, while Brewer is owed $7.6 million for 16-17 and $7.5 million for 17-18. They were so confident in their ability to land a first-round pick for Williams that they offered that first-round pick in discussions for DeMarcus Cousins with Sacramento on Sunday.
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Williams was the Lakers leading scorer at 18.6 points a night, and he's barely averaging 24 minutes.
Brewer, who makes almost $8 million annually, is averaging 4.2 points in 16 minutes per game this season.
When it comes to a Lakers trade, just how many players are safe on the roster? Every little bit helps for a contender when they are looking to add talent.
For a franchise in transition and not known for making moves, trading Williams was the right move and a move that should lead to more positives in LA going forward. Keeping Williams or even Nick Young might not be what is best for the Lakers to become what they once were. Getting Houston's first-round pick was a solid B+, taking on Brewer (there wasn't a team that would provide a better salary-match player?) gets a D - let's split the difference. The scoring average is the highest in his 12-year career.