Charlotte Hornets veteran forward Marvin Williams has multiple teams around the league interested in his services via trade.
For the past few seasons, the Charlotte Hornets have been plagued with bad contracts. Some are simply unmovable, but they do have one player, Marvin Williams, that is on a fairly friendly contract that should be easy to trade.
Williams is making just over $15 million this season for the Hornets, which may be a tad high. Still, he’s on an expiring contract and can help a playoff contending team with his shooting and defensive ability.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic (subscription required), several teams are monitoring the availability of Williams as we progress through the regular season.
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The Charlotte Hornets are currently 9-16, good for 10th in the Eastern Conference. We knew going into the season that this could be a team looking to deal during the season. The top priority moving forward should be player development, along with acquiring assets for the future.
They should be able to get an asset of some kind in exchange for Williams. They may have to take on another bad contract in the process, but that’s not a big deal. As long as they get a first or second round draft pick in exchange for Williams, then it will be a job well done.
It’s currently unclear what teams would have interest in Williams, but you would have to assume that all calls are from mostly playoff teams. Teams looking to load up for a deep playoff run should be all over a two-way stretch four like Williams.
He may have a reduced role for the Hornets this season, but we all know what he is capable of. On the season, Williams is averaging 7.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 20.3 minutes. He’s shooting 40 percent from deep.
With the Hornets going all-in on the youth movement, Williams has taken a backseat to rookie P.J. Washington. A trade would be a win-win for both Williams and the Hornets.
The trade deadline is on February 6th, so the Charlotte Hornets have plenty of time to shift through offers and showcase their veteran forward to the rest of the league. It would not surprise me at all if Marvin Williams ends up playing elsewhere at some point during the season.