The Charlotte Hornets must be enamored with signing a Utah Jazz player. Barely a day after the ill-fated Gordon Hayward signing fell through, they quickly get to work on a 2 year, $14 million contract with Marvin Williams. It’s not the kind of deal the front office has been proposing they would make. In fact, it almost seems like a secondary signing if nothing else works.
The money is there, but the Hornets are in danger of not fulfilling their lofty aspirations. The ships have already begun to sail on Luol Deng. Everyone knew that Lance Stephenson would be a coveted commodity. To be honest, it’s a tough market now. The Lebron James/Carmelo Anthony catalyst has turned the atmosphere from calm to hectic. As a team, you have to act quickly or get left out. This is the pressure season for every team’s GM.
It’s the hardest time not to make a snap decision. However, to channel Kenny Rogers, “you gotta know when to hold ‘em, and know when to fold ‘em.” This team is on the right track. The last action to take is spending money for the sake of spending money. The current integrity of the team is the result of patience (in addition to some near unwatchable basketball games.) But in the near future, the front office will have decisions to make, as the rookie contracts of both Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are quickly reaching their expiration dates. The starting power forward from last season is gone. Williams could be used in that context, but he leans toward small forward more.
$7 million a yr over two isn’t going to seriously handcuff the Hornets. Marvin Williams may be helpful for the team with his shooting, rebounding and experience. Those are all things the Hornets need and they should make the decision based upon them. Do not get caught up in the rat race. It’s July!
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