NBA Rumor: Marvin Williams Trade?

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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.

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