Report: Lou Williams Traded to Rockets

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Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania of The Vertical have reported that the Rockets have acquired Lou Williams from the Los Angeles Lakers in return for Corey Brewer and a first round pick in this year's draft.

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Once again, Daryl Morey pulls off a big trade for the Rockets. His maneuvers have launched the Rockets to an incredible turnaround this season. The Rockets now have arguably the two frontrunners for Sixth Man of the Year on the same team. Williams and Eric Gordon have scored the most points off the bench this year, respectively.

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This trade looks to be a steal for the Rockets. Since they are going to finish with one of the best records in the league, the first-round draft pick is going to be a low pick. Because of that, it is not a big deal that they had to give up that draft pick to offload Brewer's contract.

It was becoming clear that Brewer was not going to be with the Rockets much longer. He has one of the worst +/- in the league and the Rockets always seemed to do worse when he was on the floor. With his three-point shooting being a huge liability this season, the fit for him on the team just wasn’t there.

Williams is currently averaging 18.6 PPG this season while shooting 38.5% from three. Offensively, he is almost a perfect with the Rockets. While with the Lakers, Williams did a lot of his work in isolation and having to create his own shots. With the Rockets, he’ll have a lot more open shots and will allow for Harden to get more rest on the bench.

This is a trade that will give the Rockets even more perimeter shooting. The bench has become stronger and will be able to provide more rest for the starters. It is clear that the Rockets are all in on a deep playoff run this season with championship aspirations.

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