Charlotte Hornets: Marvin Williams mulls retirement after 2019-20 season

Charlotte Hornets Marvin Williams (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Charlotte Hornets Marvin Williams (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /

Charlotte Hornets veteran forward Marvin Williams will consider retiring from the NBA once the off-season comes around.

At 33 years old, Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams has accomplished quite a lot on the basketball court.

He may not have any NBA Championships, All-Star appearances or scoring titles, but Williams has played 15 years in the league after being drafted second overall in 2005. He’s played key roles on some good teams and has built a reputation around the league as a reliable “3&D” option.

While he appears to still have plenty left in his tank, Williams is considering retirement after the 2019-20 season, according to Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer (subscription required).

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This news come as a bit of a surprise to me. Like I said, Williams has shown that he can still make an impact on the court. His role has been reduced on this rebuilding Hornets team, but he still gives you 7.2 points in 19.8 minutes while shooting 39 percent from deep.

Williams is coming off one of his best outings of the season in which he scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds in 28 minutes of play against Milwaukee. He guarded Giannis Antetokounmpo several times, and held his own.

When he’s on the court, he’s someone that James Borrego and company can rely on. You know what you’re going to get from the savvy veteran.

During his 15-year career, Williams has played for Atlanta, Utah and Charlotte. He has career averages of 10.4 points and 5.2 rebounds on 36 percent three-point shooting.

He’s been a valuable piece to the Hornets since joining the franchise in 2014. and can still provide solid on-court play, as well as locker room leadership. Look for contending teams to show interest in him prior to the Trade Deadline on February 6th.

Williams will be a free agent after the season, and it’s currently unclear if he is leaning towards extending his career or retiring. Landing another secure contract during Free Agency, especially with a winning team, could very well sway his decision. Being with his family full-time could too, though.

Regardless of what happens, Williams is a respected veteran around the league and has done a lot of good during his career. The former North Carolina Tar Heel has always embraced his role and simply helps teams get W’s.

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Williams and the Charlotte Hornets are returning home from a trip to Paris, France. They’ll be back in action on Tuesday, hosting the New York Knicks and hoping to end an eight-game losing skid.