Marvin Williams, Charlotte Hornets: The Hornets have exceeded expectations, but Williams’s age (33) and expiring contract make him a likely candidate to be traded, according to league sources. The Athletic’s Shams Charania was first to report that teams are keeping an eye on Williams.
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Charlotte Hornets – Several teams are monitoring the trade availability of veteran forward Marvin Williams, sources have told The Athletic.
Rick Bonnell: I got a couple more questions lately about trade value of Hornets’ expiring contracts. Marvin Williams’ would be the most tradeable one. Guessing for a second-round pick, if it happened. That’s what Hornets gave up in the past for Courtney Lee or Jeremy Lamb.
Rick Bonnell: I’ve also been asked, “If Marvin is traded, when most likely?” No telling. Key is another team justifying his remaining $15 million salary and what Hornets would have to take back to make something happen. That is probably more complicated than any trade compensation.
Rick Bonnell: With @Charlotte Hornets looking at starting Miles Bridges at power forward, I think there’s a good chance Hornets would trade Marvin Williams’ expiring contract. Marvin is such a pro and could still help a contender. If Hornets could get back a young player or a future pick, makes sense.
At first glance, the Hornets are 11-10 and firmly in the Eastern Conference playoff mix, making it unlikely that they’d trade a starter. But Williams is 32, makes $14 million this season and is due another $15 million next year. “I think they would move him,” says the West scout. “They’re young and could move off that contract and get a pick.” Remember: Charlotte is trying to develop a young core. Dealing Williams would open up more minutes for Miles Bridges, Malik Monk and the recently freed-from-exile Frank Kaminsky. Houston would have to send back Brandon Knight’s contract to make a deal work, which is virtually identical in length and value. So trading Williams wouldn’t provide cap relief, but would likely net the Hornets multiple second-round picks, if not a first-rounder, sources believe. For Charlotte, that might be good enough to make a deal and for Houston, Williams could help solve several problems.
One thought — if the Knicks get into the sweepstakes — is giving up their 2019 first-round pick along with Ntilikina in hopes of Charlotte taking on the remaining years of Joakim Noah’s contract. (The Hornets can always use the stretch provision on Noah after the season). Another NBA source added that the Hornets will be asking teams to take back one of their larger contracts like, Nicolas Batum, Marvin Williams or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, making a Knicks’ match even more unlikely.
The Hornets had already made available Nicolas Batum (four years, $100 million), Dwight Howard (two years, $47 million), Marvin Williams (three years, $42 million) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (three years, $39 million), league sources said, but those players and their contracts are largely unattractive in the marketplace.
If things keep going how they are, could you see them trying to trade (veterans) like Marvin (Williams) and maybe (Nic) Batum to get some youth and maybe picks? Rick Bonnell: I’m sure they’d explore any other team’s interest in the veterans, but that would be true if the Hornets were on track to win 50 games. No one on this roster – even Walker – is so good he couldn’t be traded. However, this isn’t baseball, where the trade deadline sets a stark line between buyers and sellers. If you trade away Williams’ or Batum’s contract, you’re going to have to take back a contract another team wants to discard. You probably won’t get a treasure chest of young talent and/or draft picks. So you would have to explore such options warily.
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September 28, 2021 | 5:08 am EDT Update
Though roughly 90% of NBA players are vaccinated as training camp approaches Tuesday, tension exists between those around the league mandated to be vaccinated and the nearly 40 unvaccinated players, league sources told ESPN.
One general manager told ESPN that the issue of tension between those who are mandated to be vaccinated and those who aren’t “‘just speaks to selfishness run amok. But the NBA is comprised of human beings and we are seeing the same thing in the public at large.”
In some instances, vaccinated staffers say they’re concerned about the health risks of being exposed to unvaccinated players. In others, staffers say they’re upset that players aren’t facing the same vaccine requirements as most team staff and referees. In still others, there’s animosity toward the league itself for not imposing such a mandate.
One vaccinated Western Conference strength and conditioning coach said they’re concerned about a potential breakthrough case that could affect family members. “For me, it’s a problem because my parents are very sick, and I’m in close contact with these guys and I would hate to bring this home and my parents pass away from it,” the coach told ESPN.
Health and safety protocols for vaccinated and unvaccinated players have not yet been finalized, league sources said. But it’s expected, as ESPN previously reported, that unvaccinated players will face more testing and be asked to sit in separate areas of team meetings, team meals, locker rooms, on the team plane and bus.
But a second league source also tied to training staffs noted that many peers “believe the league is prioritizing the athletes’ lives over their own. On the opposite side, some members don’t want to force anyone to vaccinate if they feel uncomfortable with it, but it should be a standard set across the board instead of the league one way and the players the other.”
NBA insiders say they’re not aware of any games being missed because of a reaction to the vaccine. Beal, though, did miss time. His case of COVID cost him a spot in the Olympics and the chance to compete for a gold medal.