Lou Williams on his way to Houston

Lou Williams on his way to Houston

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Buckle up Laker fans we haven’t finished the day yet. So far the Lakers have fired GM Mitch Kupchak, demoted President of Basketball Operations Jim Buss to a lesser ownership only role, promoted Magic Johnson to President of Basketball Operations, lined up the next GM in Rob Pelinka, and now the news that we were all expecting Lou Williams is on his way to Houston.

And-1 magician Lou Williams is on his way to Houston.

It seems that the Lakers will get the coveted first round pick they were looking for and wayward forward Corey Brewer in return. Williams having an electric resurgence this season is going to another offense that is almost tailor made for his game. The king of the and-1 will likely continue his ways this season and do it on a budding playoff team. Very happy for Lou Williams who looks to thrive in that system.

The return

As stated the Lakers will be getting an almost equal contract which will likely be moved this off season. The pick (which looks to be in the 25-30 range) is what the Lakers wanted most. It is unknown if the other offers, and it seems there were many, weren’t going to garner more, or they weren’t going to be unprotected as this particular pick seems to be. Either way, the haul is about even in my opinion. Brewer has not been great in the Mike D’Antoni system however, he is a work horse type player and has consistently burned the Lakers his entire career.

Biggest benefit is that this will officially open minutes up for D’Angelo Russell. My guess is that his minutes total surpasses 32 mins per game for the remainder of the season. Lakers didn’t pick up another guard so this will be Russell’s show for the remainder of the season.

UPDATE:

The trade has yet to be made official. There was some buzz from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst who stated earlier Wednesday that the trade had not been made official and the Lakers are trying to “expand” the trade. Later in the evening Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report confirmed via tweet that the deal had not been made official as of yet. 

It is still unknown what the parameters are in regards to the “expanding” the trade, but regardless the main points of the trade are still in place.

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