The season of free agency rumors is here, and things are already heating up just hours before the period begins.
The Lakers have interest in Derrick Williams, who played for the New York Knicks this past season. As reported by Marc Berman in an article for the New York Post, “Williams will be recruited by the Lakers and Suns, according to a source.”
The interest makes a lot of sense for the Lakers. Phil Jackson has expressed interest in re-signing Williams, but the Knicks are also pursuing Joakim Noah. If they sign him and chase other big names, they might not have enough cap space for Williams.
The Minnesota Timberwolves originally drafted Derrick Williams with the second overall pick in 2011. Despite that, he has not quite been able to live up to the hype he had coming out of the University of Arizona. Williams played for the Timberwolves and Kings before going to Madison Square Garden this past season.
Williams played in a career-high 80 games for the Knicks, averaging 9 points per game and shooting a career-high 45% from the field. Williams is a forward that would provide depth for the Lakers at a very thing small forward position. After selecting Brandon Ingram in last week’s draft, the Lakers only have Anthony Brown behind him on the depth chart.
Williams is only 25 years old, and makes a lot of sense for the young Lakers squad. Luke Walton could use depth, and Williams is a high-energy guy that would fit well in his system.