KEY POINTS

  • Lou Williams teases retirement as an option if he gets traded by the Clippers
  • Williams could change his mind on retiring if he gets an offer from a contender team
  • The Clippers still need Williams even if his production has dipped

Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers has proven himself on more than one occasion.

He has shown his efficiency with any team that he has suited up for. Hence, there is no question that he remains a lethal option for teams who need some help in turning up their shooting output.

Now at 34 years old, the three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year awardee has seen a dip in performance for the past three years. With the trade deadline nearing, there is no telling if Williams could be one of the stars who may be on the move.

With nothing in the grapevine, some feel that Williams may be a trade candidate. The 6-foot-1 Clipper is in the final year of his contract, so a trade is an option if Los Angeles does not have plans of renewing his lease.

A look at Basketball-Reference.com shows that the Tennessee native is averaging 12.4 points, 3.7 assists, and 2.3 rebounds in 34 games. However, his shooting clip remains something worth considering. He is norming 43% from the field and 39.6 from beyond the arc.

But the age of Williams is a critical factor. Some contenders could still give him a shot although the playing time he will get will diminish.

Probably aware of that scenario, the veteran guard responded to an NBA troll and hinted that if he is traded, he would probably retire.

"This is my last stop, champ," Williams wrote on his Instagram account. "[If] I get traded, it's gonna be to LouWillVille."

Given his proven stock, NBA teams may seriously consider adding him for some veteran presence and help off the bench. But right now, it appears he prefers to stay in Los Angeles and end his career there.

Reggie Jackson #1 of the LA Clippers celebrates a three point shot with teammates Lou Williams #23 and Montrezl Harrell #5 Reggie Jackson #1 of the LA Clippers celebrates a three point shot with teammates Lou Williams #23 and Montrezl Harrell #5 Photo: Getty Images | Kevin C. Cox

The Clippers have not shown any indication of possibly moving Williams out. He remains a vital cog in the rotation of head coach Tyronn Lue unless there is a talented and young player on the table that they can tap.