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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After Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell was hit with technical fouls on two separate plays in the final minute of overtime and was ejected with 30.5 seconds to go in Utah’s 131-123 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, the All-Star said he’s tired of the Jazz being “screwed” by the referees, calling the way his team’s games are officiated “f—ing ridiculous.” “First off, you know, give the 76ers credit. They played a hard game. Joel [Embiid] did what he does, and at the end of the day, they’re a good team. We competed. But it’s tough. It’s tough to go out there and see how we fight and compete, and to have a game like that taken from us,” Mitchell said Wednesday night.
“Now, I’m never ever one to blame a ref, to blame an official — I can say I could have done more — but this is getting out of hand. There have been games like this that we’ve won, there have been games like this that we’ve lost. But this whole refereeing stuff. … We’re nice, we don’t complain, like, we don’t get frustrated, we fight through things, and the fact that we continually get … screwed, in a way, by this. You know?
“We won this game, in my personal opinion. You know? But like I said, I’m going to give them credit. They won. Whatever. Cool. But it’s been a consistent thing, and the question is, ‘Can we do it? Can we sustain it? Are we for real No. 1? And, yeah the hell we are. And it’s getting f—ing ridiculous, that this is what is happening.”
“We have a whole second half of the season to go and get ready for, and I’m sick of it, to be honest with you,” Mitchell said. “We all are. This is something that just it eats me. It eats at me, man. “Y’all know what it is. We all know what it is. But it’s really getting out of hand. It’s really, really, really getting out of hand. And the league needs to do something about this. “I want to see the last two-minute report. I want to see it. But it’s getting out of hand.”