The Charlotte Hornets just wrapped up an NBA style recruiting visit with Utah Jazz restricted free agent, Gordon Hayward. After the meetings were done, we assumed we would hear a lot about how the meeting went between the two sides. We heard a little, but the news we heard was about a different Jazz free agent, Marvin Williams.
Yahoo Sources: Charlotte has targeted free agent forward Marvin Williams. http://t.co/MWsiOP3xUv
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 9, 2014
The news about Williams being targeted by the Hornets for a possible replacement for Josh McRoberts, could hurt the Jazz’s chances of re-signing the “stretch four” power forward.
Adding the Hornets to the Williams list of potential suitors, along with the San Antonio Spurs, Orlando Magic, and the Jazz, could make Williams price tag go up to where Utah may not be interested any longer. The story by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, states that a source told him that the Jazz still value Williams and haven’t given up hope of re-signing him, but his desire for contract security may exceed what Utah is willing to pay.
As the Hornets are focused on targeting Williams, they also have been trying to recruit Hayward to Charlotte as well. The only news that came out of the meeting between the two sides today, came from David Aldridge. According to Aldridge, the Hornets believe that the meeting with Hayward today went very well, but the Jazz still maintain the stance that they will match any offer sheet that Hayward signs.
Most Jazz fans have expressed interest in bringing back Marvin, however, this news that he is having yet another team after him, makes it seem unlikely we will see him back in Utah unless he only wants to be with the Jazz.