Former Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams is about to leave for the state from whence he played in college, or North Carolina. On Saturday, July 12 Yahoo! Sports reporter Marc Spears announced that Williams will sign a two-year, $14 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets.
After the Jazz said it would match Charlotte's offer extended to Utah star Gordon Hayward--a whopping four-year, $63 million offer at that--earlier Saturday, you had to figure it was going to be a matter of time before Williams signed with someone else.
As it stands, the Jazz only had $8 million in salary cap room and re-signing Williams, an unrestricted free agent, didn’t appear to be a top priority. Enter Michael Jordan and those pesky Hornets who felt they should sting the Jazz at least two out of three times.
But what probably made the deal too sweet to pass up for Williams was the fact that the contract includes guaranteed money--which is why it probably ended up being a two-year deal rather than a contract with longer terms.
For Williams, it’s great news because he's in his 10th year in the NBA, and he not only gets to play for a playoff contending team--he’ll fill a huge role for a team in need of a good shooter.
Since the Hornets were unable to keep Josh McRoberts and couldn’t grab Hayward from Utah, Williams is a natural alternative--the kind of player who can give you minutes at either the three or four spot.
Williams was also a better shooter from the field than Hayward last season, hitting 43 percent of his field goal attempts--compared to 41 for Hayward. Williams also shot 36 percent from behind the three-point line--again better than the 31 percent clip at which Hayward shot.
In terms of the money, however, Williams won't get as much as he made in Utah. He actually made more per season in Utah, raking in over $8 million in 2013 and $8.2 million the previous year.
When you consider that Williams is also heading into the twilight of his career--yet suffered through the two worst statistical years in his career since his rookie season, well, you know why he left.
Williams was good in Utah--but he was never great for the Jazz, averaging just over eight points in two seasons after he came over in the 2012 trade that sent guard Devin Harris to Atlanta and Williams to the Jazz.