Former Clippers Guard Lou Williams Shares Emotional Conversation with Patrick Beverly After Trade

Published 04/01/2021, 11:43 PM EDT
Jan 29, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; LA Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) shoots against Orlando Magic forward James Ennis III (11) and guard Evan Fournier (10) during the second quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Clippers finally addressed their problem area as they traded to bring in veteran point guard Rajon Rondo. But this came at a cost as the Clippers had to trade away key rotational player, Lou Williams.

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William and Beverley were the backcourt duo of the Clippers team, which shocked everyone by making a playoff appearance in the 2018-19 season. Lou Will had become a key player coming off of the bench because of his scoring prowess.

Feb 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams (23) reaches to steal the ball by Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley (10) in the second half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

His scoring punch from the bench certainly stood out, as he has been named the sixth man of the year thrice. In his four seasons with the Clippers, Williams truly showed his quality, averaging 19.1 points, 5.1 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game.

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But the 34-year-old saw a massive dip in his minutes under new head coach Tyronn Lue. Williams was averaging only 21.9 minutes per game. With a dip in his playing time, there was a noticeable dip in his numbers as he averaged 12.1 points, 3.4 assists, and 2.1 rebounds per game.

Former Clippers’ guard Lou Williams reveals his reaction to being traded

Given how synonymous Lou Williams had become with the Clippers’ franchise, it did shock several fans seeing the 34-year-old being traded away. Williams was also somewhat astonished with the trade.

In an interview with LA Times, the 3-time Sixth Man of the Year revealed his reaction to being traded away to the Hawks. “Man, it hurts, just to be candid.

“It hurts. I had some very emotional conversations with those guys after the trade, in the entirety, as well as Pat, you know. Pat called me the other day a little emotional that my locker was empty.

Williams also opened up about the special bond he shared with guard Patrick Beverley.

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“Pat and I were the longest-tenured guys on that group, we were there four years. We were on that [2019] team that expected us not to make the playoffs and we put that group on our backs and battled a very talented Golden State team and when you do something like that, you kind of feel emboldened like you were part of the culture that was being created.”

The 34-year-old also revealed what he was expecting ahead of a busy schedule.

“We had some success, and we were gearing up for another deep playoff run, a championship run, that was our mentality, and I thought I would finish the season there.”

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The Clippers’ trading away Lou Williams does seem good on paper but might end up hurting them in the long run. Rajon Rondo does add playmaking, but with Williams gone, the Clippers will have a dearth of bench scorers right now. Were the Clippers right in trading away Lou Williams to the Hawks?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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