Leon Rose, the agent for 76ers guard Lou Williams, confirmed Saturday that the team's leading scorer will opt out of the final year of his contract. Williams becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Williams, 25, was due $6.39 million next season.
While Williams is opting out of his deal, it does not guarantee that he will not return to the team. Under the terms of the new collective bargain agreement, if the Sixers wanted to sign Williams to an extension before his contract expired at the end of next season they would only have been able to extend him for three more seasons. Now they can offer him a five-year deal while other teams can only offer Williams four years.