Apr 12, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) looks to pass during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 107-100. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Marvin Williams Opting-In Is a Good Thing

Marvin Williams has decided to stay with the Utah Jazz for one more year picking up his 7.5 million player option.  This might not be what some Jazz fans wanted but here are a couple reasons why it is a very good thing.

1.  He played hurt all last year and still managed to play stellar defense night in and night out.  Sure he struggled on the offensive side and would disappear from games but that was more due to not knowing his place in the offense which is on Corbin.  One more year in Utah behind DMC and G Hay or as a backup 4 isn’t a bad thing.

2.  Having him take 7.5 million from the salary cap is awful every year but this year.  This year the Jazz are not wanting to pick up salary unless the player is a game changer which isn’t going to happen unless Chris Paul has an epiphany to play in Utah.  The projected salary cap is 58.5 million dollars for the 2013-14 season, which means the Jazz have to have at least have $49.725 Million under salary.  Currently the Jazz sit at $25.69 million with 6 players under contract.  This leaves $24.035 that they have to give out for other players.  Assuming the Jazz sign both their 14th and 21st picks along with the 46th and pick up Kevin Murphy’s contract, the Jazz will be at $29.06 million.  The jazz will have to find 2-5 players that take up 29 million dollars over next year and that’s without the Jazz wanting to take on toxic contracts.

With Marvin taking his player option this allows for the Jazz to breathe a little better knowing they don’t have to go offer a guy a 3 year deal for more than a guy is worth.  Jazz want this next year to be a fun young team that can see what they can do but really more so for them to have the salary available for next year when most team’s will be paying luxury tax and having to amnesty top players.

3.  Having just gone through surgery allows DeMarre Carroll (assuming the Jazz resign him) to get the backup spot behind Hayward which is a guy the Jazz should want on the floor for 15-20 minutes a night.  Marvin will be out 6 months but most likely longer as he will have to get into NBA ready shape.  Don’t expect the Jazz to win the championship next year but having the young guys finally in a spot where they can run the team and get experience will be well worth it in the end.

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