Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

With the trade deadline just a day away, the Clippers and Lou Williams are engaged in discussions about a contract extension, and those talks have “gathered significant momentum,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst.

There’s a growing possibility that the Clippers will reach a new deal with Williams in advance of Thursday’s trade deadline, and rival teams with interest in the veteran guard have become “increasingly resigned” to the fact that he may not be available, league sources tell Wojnarowski and Windhorst.

February 8 isn’t the deadline for the Clippers and Williams to agree on an extension — the two sides have until June 30 to hammer out a new deal and avoid having Lou Will hit the open market in July. However, Thursday’s trade deadline serves as a sort of de facto extension deadline. If the Clips lock up Williams by then, he won’t be moved, but if the two sides can’t reach an extension agreement, the odds of a trade would increase.

Changes to the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement made Williams extension-eligible this season, and allow for a deal comparable to the ones signed by Norman Powell and Josh Richardson in the fall. Those extensions are worth nearly $42MM over four years, starting at $9.37MM in 2018/19 and increasing to $11.62MM by 2021/22.

While it’s not clear if the Clippers are willing to offer the full amount allowable, an extension of that nature would be worth more than the mid-level exception, and would be a nice payday for a 31-year-old who has never earned a higher salary than the $7MM he’s making this season. Williams has earned a raise with his play in 2017/18, averaging 23.3 PPG and 5.3 APG with a .439/.380/.900 shooting line.

Williams and Tyreke Evans, who are both enjoying career years on expiring contracts, have been cited most frequently as trade candidates coveted by contenders looking for an added scoring punch. If Williams stays put through the deadline, that’s probably good news for the Grizzlies, who could perhaps extract a little more value in exchange for Evans.

Clippers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Draymond Green, Kevin Durant: Warriors do not care about having best record

Brian Cushing announces NFL retirement on Instagram

David Price warns JD Martinez that fans in Boston will boo him

Yelich: ‘Everything changed’ for Marlins after Fernandez’s death

NCAA upholds penalties against Louisville related to scandal

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Mattingly fires back at Harper over Marlins criticism

Report: Jets could pay Kirk Cousins $60 million in 2018

Doug Martin released by Buccaneers

Cuban: Losing is Mavs' 'best option' for rest of season

Figure skater Scott Moir jabs Brett Favre with retirement talk

Report: Nets owner backing lawsuit against Russian doping whistleblower

The 'All muscle hamsters go to heaven' quiz

A.J. McCarron might be the best consolation prize in free agency

MLB's top 10 second basemen for 2018

Offseason needs for every NFL team

Donovan Mitchell's limiting nostalgia

Negro Leaguers every baseball fan should know

Top 30 NFL free agents

MLB's top 10 starting pitchers for 2018

Grading the deal: Eric Hosmer finally finds a home with Padres

MLB's top 10 catchers for 2018

The 'James gang walks away with a win' quiz

Sports & Politics Intersect: NBA united against racial divide

Clippers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Offseason needs for every NFL team

MLB's top 10 second basemen for 2018

The 'All muscle hamsters go to heaven' quiz

A.J. McCarron might be the best consolation prize in free agency

The 'James gang walks away with a win' quiz

Negro Leaguers every baseball fan should know

Top 30 NFL free agents

Sports & Politics Intersect: NBA united against racial divide

The 'Emerald City on ice' quiz

NHL Weekender: Blackhawks, Rangers continue to free fall

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker