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Report: Marvin Williams, Hornets talking contract

Jul 8, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

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Josh McRoberts is headed to the Heat, leaving the Hornets without their starting power forward.

I’m bullish on No. 9 pick Noah Vonleh, and Cody Zeller is growing on me. But Zeller is entering just his second season, and Vonleh will be a rookie.

Charlotte, after a surprising playoff berth last season, wants to win now. Relying on such young players could subvert those efforts.

Enter Marvin Williams.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

the Charlotte Hornets are pursuing free agent Marvin Williams to take over the power forward slot, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Hornets and Williams have discussed parameters of a deal, but no agreement is imminent, sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Jazz still value Williams and haven’t given up hope of re-signing him, but his desire for contract security may exceed what Utah’s willing to pay, sources said.

The Hornets have more than enough cap room to sign Williams. There should be other concerns,though.

Williams could be the perimeter-oriented power forward who, like McRoberts did, fits best next to Al Jefferson. However –  though Williams matches McRoberts’ 3-point shooting – his passing falls well short of the man he might replace. If the Hornets sign Williams, they should expect to take a step back from McRoberts.

The other key consideration is whether Williams would interfere with Charlotte’s ability to grow long-term – by taking too many minutes from Vonleh and Zeller and/or eating into too much future cap space. In this market – especially with Utah interested in re-signing him – Williams can probably draw a sizable, multi-year offer.

He played collegiately at North Carolina, where Hornets owner Michael Jordan also played. Charlotte should be wary of making an impulse buy here.

But if Williams’ contract isn’t too large and Steve Clifford can still find minutes for Vonleh and Zeller, perhaps playing Williams some at small forward, sure, go for it. Williams could be an alright fit who makes the Hornets a little better now.

  1. sportsfan18 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    I know they made the playoffs last season and I’m glad for them, but if one Marvin Williams is the player that makes or breaks them from going to the playoffs again this season then they’re in trouble.

  2. campcouch - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Marvin Williams. Drafted before Deron Williams,Chris Paul,Monta Ellis, Marcin Gortat,Nate Robinson, Jarret Jack, David Lee and even Raymond Felton. I bet Milwaukee and Atlanta would like a do-over in that 2005 draft.

    • fm31970 - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:21 AM

      I remember when the debate was between Bogut and Williams for whom the Bucks should draft, but it was viewed as a weak draft that year…at the time.

      Bogut wasn’t a horrible pick by any means, and he had a good two years in Milwaukee, so I don’t think they regret the pick. In hindsight, yeah, not ideal, but that’s how it goes.

      • campcouch - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:24 AM

        I agree,Bogut hasn’t been a bad player and recovers well after injuries, but man,imagine having Paul or Williams in his prime. Those franchises may have gone along a different path.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:48 AM

        It was a weak draft. Then and looking at it now. And it probably wouldn’t have mattered if MIL or ATL took Paul (or Williams), they probably would have bolted like they did anyways.

  3. bparmalee - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Yuck. There has be a guy in the D-League… Europe…anywhere that’s better than Marvin Williams. Stop signing random Tar heels!! Bring in a prospect… scout the summer league… recycling garbage hasn’t gotten the Bobcats/Hornets anywhere. I mean is Sean May unavailable? Stop the UNC handouts.

  4. mp4philly - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    He played at UNC… Done deal

  5. csbanter - Jul 9, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    Thought Marvin had retired, my bad he just was in Utah. Same thing..

  6. unxpexted1 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    They are turning into the All-Utah team with Jefferson, Williams and Hayward now.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      I’m confused isn’t marvin williams a small forward? Isn’t he 6’8″. Since when has he player power forward anywhere?

  7. osubrndn - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    “taking too minutes from Vonleh” does that mean taking two minutes, or taking too MANY minutes?

    you get paid for this?

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