Louis Williams Will Opt Out Of Contract, Become A Free Agent

Fresh off the best season of his career, Philadelphia 76ers sixth man Louis Williams will opt out of his contract and become a free agent, according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Williams' agent, Leon Rose, confirmed the news to reporter John Mitchell.

Williams initially signed a five-year, $25 million contract after the 2007-08 season, but his deal contained an opt-out clause after the fourth year. Williams ultimately decided to exercise that clause after his strong season. Had Williams not exercised his right to opt out, he would have made $5.35 million next year.

Williams led the 76ers' in scoring in 2011-12, averaging a career-high 14.9 points per game. He finished a distant second to James Harden in the Sixth Man of the Year voting.

It remains unclear whether the 76ers will have any interest in re-signing him. Despite his strong season, Williams may be let go to clear more playing time for Evan Turner.

For more on the 76ers, visit Liberty Ballers and SB Nation Philly.

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