The Charlotte Hornets were going after Utah Jazz restricted free agent, Gordon Hayward, and struck out. Marvin Williams, another Jazz free agent, was another target for Charlotte, and they did not miss out on him.
Marvin Williams agrees to two-year, $14 million deal with Hornets, source tells Yahoo. Fully guaranteed, no option.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 12, 2014
A deal with Charlotte that can pay Williams $7 million per year, is somewhat disappointing to hear for the Jazz. Earlier in the day, the Jazz matched the max contract of 4-years, $63 million to Hayward. After that was completed, the Jazz still had roughly $10 million in cap space to sign other free agents.
Williams looked to be a player who the Jazz would like to return to Utah, and looked to be a great fit with this current roster, and new head coach Quin Snyder’s offensive system. The Jazz would like to have a “stretch four”, that can not only shoot the ball well from the outside, but can defend power forwards. Williams was a pretty good player in that aspect and could have helped the Jazz tremendously.
For Charlotte, Williams could come in and provide leadership right away. At 28 years old, Williams is still in the prime of his career and can give a team valuable minutes. Charlotte is hoping that he can come in and do just that.
The Jazz will still have roughly $10 million in salary cap that they will need to use before next season. It is still up in the air how exactly they will use that money, as the free agents that the Jazz were rumored to be interested in, are now off the market. The Jazz, however, have enough cap space that they could be looking to hold on to it for a little longer, and wait to take on a salary dump from another team.
As for now, Utah is currently in Las Vegas, as their summer league squad looks to take on the Philadelphia 76ers tonight at 7:30 p.m. Pacific time. That game can be found on NBA-TV, or KJZZ-TV.