Evans Clinchy
Monday April 23rd, 2012

Lou Williams plans to opt out of the final year of his contract with the Philadelphia 76ers and become an unrestricted free agent, a league source tells John N. Mitchell and Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Williams has been the Sixers' leading scorer this season with 14.9 points per game, but he's yet to crack into the starting five, and Philly has collapsed this season with 21 losses in its last 34 games.

"He's indicated that he's not going to pick up his option," the source tells the Inquirer. "All indications are that he's going to opt out."

Williams is due $6.4 million next season if he remains with the Sixers. "He has not said what he will do, but we will react to that when the time comes," Sixers GM Rod Thorn said.

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