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Report: Marvin Williams joins Charlotte on two-year deal

Jul 13, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

Charlotte made their gambit in throwing a max offer sheet at Gordon Hayward, but as they promised they would Utah matched it.

Charlotte turned to Plan B almost immediately: Marvin Williams.

The Hornets quickly got their man with a two-year, $14 million deal first reported by Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

Multiple outlets confirmed this, just waiting on word from the Hornets themselves.

My first thought is that price is a little steep, but it is a short deal in the ballpark of what he has made the past five NBA seasons.

Williams, the former No. 2 pick back in 2005, has incredible physical tools but only seems to put them to use occasionally. Utah shifted how Williams was used from a three to a stretch four — last season 44.5 percent of his shot attempts were threes and he hit 38 percent of them. Utah, however, is very deep along the front line and were not going to spend near that much to keep Williams.

Charlotte can use Williams as a stretch four also (replacing Josh McRoberts, now in Miami), with Al Jefferson in the paint and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at the three. He will split time with Cody Zeller (who brings a tougher, more physical style of play) while the Hornets wait for rookie Noah Vonleh to develop into their four of the future.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Yea! This seems like a good move; unlike the recent interest we’ve had in Gordon Hayward & Lance Stephenson.

    • bkbell3 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      Williams is a career 44% shooter and 28% from the 3. And in 2007 in 80 games he shot 10% yes 10% from 3. He looks like he is who he is so 7mil per is way to much in my humble opinion.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:42 PM


        Marvin is a career .335% three point shooter, not 28% as you said.

        Now, his 3 pt shooting is only league average so it’s nothing to write home about.

        His TS% is a tad low and he isn’t a great shooter by any means.

        Marvin’s stats are here

      • bkbell3 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Sports fan maybe i miss added, i got his stats from this site by clicking on his name but i don’t think 2013 was in there. Given that 37% is the league average and 33% means, don’t shoot the 3. He has some size and talent but much like horford, joe johnson and josh smith williams has a very spotty motor. Must be something in the water in alanta. lol Still 7mil is way to much for his production.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        You’re talking about a team who started Josh “White Jesus” McBobs at power forward last year. He was the worst starting PF in the league. Trust me.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:32 PM


        no worries.

        I’ve made mistakes on here and I’ll make them again.

        wasn’t attacking you or anything, just wanted the correct number out there for folks reading is all.

        too much money for Marvin in my opinion though.

        and he is not a good shooter overall as I stated before.

        we’re in agreement sir… was just getting the right number out there is all.

  2. kingperk123 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Is Evan Turner a step up from Jeff green

    • bkbell3 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:41 PM

      king, Green is a mystery, he is 6’9′ long,fast,athletic and talented. Given that he disappears constantly and his motor is stuck in first gear to often. Then he has a game where he shifts up to 4th gear and is killing it all over the court and you go WOW, where the hell did that come from and where the hell does it go. Maybe needs a certain situation and coach to bring it out or maybe it never does.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:17 PM

        Agreed with this. Not a Boston fan, but Jeff Green is one of the hardest players in the NBA to pin down.

        He displays a lot of traits you look for in a player that you want to describe as really good, but he’s sometimes very forgettable in games.

        He’s the type of guy who does nothing against a lottery team one night as the Celtics lose, then drops 40 points on an elite team along with a game winner the next night. Complete mystery.

  3. qdog112 - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    With Deng, Ariza, Parsons, and even Morrow out there, this is a disappointment. He is a career underachiever, who just got paid way too much. The good news is that we just got Brian Roberts, who is a better shooter than Sessions. The problem is that nobody gets to the line like Sessions.

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    This dude’s not a bust, but he certainly never lived up to his #2 status.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    He is and always has been “just a guy.” I thought he was going to dominate coming out of college.

  6. 1friendofthepeople - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Let me preface this by saying it is a loooooong shot.

    The Charlotte Hornets are a legit black horse candidate to take the East. It is an actual possibility for the first time in that team’s history. It is pretty unlikely but would anyone be shocked if these things happen?:

    Hornets improve+ Rose health an issue+ Pacers continue underachieving(definite possibility)+ The Cavs suffer growing pains.

    U have good teams like Raptors, Hawks, Heat, Wizards. Even without Rose the Bulls still may be too much for E.C teams but it is still a medicore conference… “so…you’re saying there’s a chance!”

    • 1friendofthepeople - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:36 PM


    • bkbell3 - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:20 AM

      If i send you my address will you send me some of that ish you’ve been smoking?

    • bparmalee - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      The Hornets have a legit chance of being the 8th seed again. I live in Charlotte…people seem randomly excited by the name change but they have not maximized their draft picks. MKG over Beal, Bismack taken way way too high, Zeller is awful… and we will see about the two picks this year (they look terrible in Summer League so far). The Hornets do not have enough talent to challenge for a top 4 seed in my opinion and it’s decisions like signing Marvin Williams that keep holding them back.

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