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Better Know A Free Agent: Louis Williams


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.

PREVIOUSLY: Eric Gordon, Nicolas Batum, O.J. Mayo, Ryan Anderson, Courtney Lee, Gerald Wallace, Ersan Ilyasova, Carlos Delfino.

Team: Philadelphia 76ers

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.