Sixers GM Ed Stefanski can put a big check mark on his summer to-do list after signing 21-year-old guard Louis Williams to a five-year deal today. Exact terms of the deal are not yet known, but Williams' agent sounded pleased when confirming the news to the Philadelphia Daily News:
"It's a good deal for Louis," Merle Scott, Williams' agent, told the Daily News. "It gives him a chance to grow with a team that's building and allows him to stay with the team he came into the league with."
It'll be interesting to see what kind of deal Williams was able to get -- he's yet to start a single game in his career but is considered a vital piece of the team's backcourt of the future. In fact, it's conceivable he could be running the point full-time by the end of the year if the team decides to move Andre Miller's expiring $10 million contract at the deadline.
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While locking up Williams is good for the team's future, the team still needs to figure out how to get Andre Iguodala under contract if they want to compete this year. What will it take to get it done? Looking at the contracts that Emeka Okafor and Luol Deng (two of Iggy's classmates from the 2004 draft) just signed, Philly wouldn't be negotiating in good faith if they didn't open the discussion at six years and $71 million.