On Saturday in North Carolina, Marvin Williams met with Miami Heat president, Pat Riley, and head coach, Erik Spolstra. The Heat were supposedly showing interest in the Utah Jazz free agent, but one day later, that interest was no longer there.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 7, 2014
As Kennedy reports in the tweet, the Heat used their Mid-Level Exception on Charlotte Hornets free agent, Josh McRoberts. Earlier on Monday, rumors were that both the Heat and the Hornets were battling for the chance to sign McRoberts, before he eventually took his talents to South Beach.
For Williams, he has had contact with other teams, such as the Orlando Magic and the San Antonio Spurs. There still is mutual interest between the Jazz and Williams for him to return back to Utah, however, with Williams being wanted by multiple teams, his price tag could be driven up and the Jazz may back out.
The Jazz are currently focused on bringing back their restricted free agent, Gordon Hayward. They have already made a trade this off season, when they shipped Diante Garrett to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Steve Novak and a future second round draft pick. Once the NBA’s moratorium is lifted on July 10th, I suspect that Jazz won’t make any signings until they secure Hayward back in Utah.
Even though that may be the case, I suspect another meeting between the Jazz and Williams could take place to discuss more in depth what his future outlook can be in Utah. With the Jazz trading for Novak, they got a good role player off the bench, but they still would like to find a “stretch four” to insert in the starting lineup, and Williams could be that player.