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Marvin Williams Won't Opt Out of Hornets Contract, Will Make $15M in 2019-20

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2019

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 17: Marvin Williams #2 of the Charlotte Hornets exhales in the second half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on March 17, 2019 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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Marvin Williams will exercise his $15 million player option for the 2019-20 season and remain with the Charlotte Hornets, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

"I'll be back," Williams said.

Williams, 32, had another solid but unspectacular season for the Hornets, averaging 10.1 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from three. He started 75 games, the fifth straight season he's made at least that many appearances.

While Williams remains a steady role player, the Hornets built a team of such players around free-agent-to-be Kemba Walker, never surrounding him with another star or putting together a true contender. That has left open the possibility that Walker could depart for greener pastures this summer if he's seeking titles.

Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

Kemba Walker said the chance to win is absolutely his top priority going into free-agency. When asked if the Hornets have done what it needs to do to convince him, regarding winning, he said that's still in action.

Rick Bonnell @rick_bonnell

"As a teammate, I want him back. As a person...I just want him to be happy," -- Marvin Williams on Kemba's free-agent decision.

If Walker signs elsewhere, the Hornets would likely enter a rebuilding phase, meaning veterans like Williams could be put on the trade block—though his $15 million salary could be a tough sell for teams who likely won't want to splash that level of cash for a role player.

The Hornets would be smart to build around young players like Malik Monk and Miles Bridges and to potentially even bottom out and seek draft assets if Walker departs, though Williams may need to be a part of that process next season.

   

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