A familiar face will be reuniting with the Atlanta Hawks.
According to multiple reports, including that of ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Lou Williams is heading back to Atlanta — in addition to two second-round picks — in exchange for Rajon Rondo, who will join the Los Angeles Clippers. No third teams are involved.
The trade shows how badly the Clippers could use some playmaking at the point, with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard —neither of whom are guards — leading the team in assists per game (5.4 and 4.8, respectively). Williams was third with 3.4 assists per game. Meanwhile, Rondo averages over 8.0 per game in his career and can get back to those numbers with an increased role on the Clippers, as he was only playing about 15 minutes per game in Atlanta.
The Hawks, meanwhile, add another explosive scorer to join Trae Young in the backcourt. Williams, who was named Georgia's "Mr. Basketball" at South Gwinnett High School, is averaging 12.1 points per game in just over 20 minutes of playing time, chipping in 3.4 assists, 2.1 rebounds and just under a steal per contest.
Williams spent two seasons with the Hawks from 2012 to 2014 and has since won three Sixth Man of the Year awards.
The two additional draft picks are nothing to shrug off, either. For comparison, the Celtics received Evan Fournier at the deadline this year in exchange for two second-round picks. Like Fournier, the 34-year-old Williams is an impending free agent following the 2020-21 season.
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