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Marvin Williams has gone from bench player in Atlanta to likely starter in Utah.
After trading away two of the most untradeable contracts in the NBA, It would appear to many that Atlanta would be selling off all of its good players at this point, but according to ESPN's Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst, that is not necessarily the case.
Josh Smith, in the last year of his contract, has been vocal in wanting out of Atlanta, but new General Manager Danny Ferry's direction has left a great impression on him, according to the article by Stein and Windhorst. The only contracts on the books for 2013-14 are Al Horford's $12 million a year contract until 2015-16, and John Jenkins' rookie contract.
In other words, the Atlanta Hawks could possibly make a trade for Dwight Howard now if they were interested, or be a possible front-runner for him in next year's free agency. They will have at least $45 million in cap space by then to go along with Al Horford.
Devin Harris is another one-year contract to go along with Anthony Morrow, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow and Jordan Williams, giving them around $21 million in expiring contracts, not including Josh Smith's $13 million this year.
Marvin Williams was never a fit in Atlanta, as he was picked ahead of All-Star point guards Chris Paul and Deron Williams, and was benched for much of the second half of the season.
That being said, Utah will happily take the chance on him since they have no small forwards currently on the roster, and could put Gordon Hayward on as the starting shooting guard in a lineup with Mo Williams, Hayward, Marvin Williams, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson.
Devin Harris never fit as the starting Point Guard, and Utah was forced at times to have Millsap play Small Forward because of the lack of a small forward on the roster.
While Williams isn't a true Small Forward, he has constantly improved his shooting stroke, and is incredibly skilled for a 6' 8'', 240-pound player in the NBA.
Though Williams will remove some of the cap room Utah could have next summer, the fact is Utah is not a huge free-agent destination for players, but a team with this lineup and Golden State's first-round pick possibly next year could have the resources to compete long-term.
Grade for Atlanta Hawks: A+
Grade for Utah Jazz: B