May 6, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Louis Williams (23) is defended by Chicago Bulls guard C.J. Watson (7) during the third quarter of game four in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Arena. The Sixers defeated the Bulls 89-82. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
Depending on what the Washington Wizards do with Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis, they could have around $12 million of salary-cap space to spend this summer. It remains to be seen if the Wizards actually use it or bank it towards the 2013 class, but in any event, there are a number of free agents that could help the team's push into playoff contention. We'll take a look at several of those options in this running series. Next up: Louis Williams.
Type: Early-termination option.
This past year: Had his best season as a pro, leading the 76ers in scoring coming off the bench. His shooting efficiency went down a bit from previously-outstanding levels for a guard, but he made up for it by cutting his turnover rate to a microscopic 7.2-percent, an amazing number considering how much he handles the ball. Like all 76ers players, he was much better in the first half of the season.
Why he's fit in well: The Wizards need guys who can score in the worst way, and Williams can certainly score. He is also underrated as a playmaker, though he does pound the ball a lot.
Why he might not: He's essentially a better version of Jordan Crawford, so there'd be a lot of pointless overlap. Also, he's dreadful defensively in pretty much every way.
Likely price tag: I suspect he'll be in that difficult zone: higher than the mid-level exception, but less than the $10 million-plus franchise cornerstones tend to get.
Verdict: As the guy in the league whose game most resembles Jason Terry, Williams will be a big help to somebody. It just won't be the Wizards.