Another day, another curveball — the Brooklyn Nets are chasing forward Marvin Williams, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
Sources: So far, the delay in getting Marvin Williams' deal complete with Charlotte: The Brooklyn Nets' pursuit of the free agent forward.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 2, 2016
The inclusion of Williams’ name is new today, but the Nets certainly have a need for another forward at both positions. Formerly of the Hornets, Charlotte’s front office said that re-signing Williams was priority 1B, right after bringing back Nicolas Batum. Of course, the Nets have already stolen away one of the Hornets’ key cogs after signing point guard Jeremy Lin to a three-year on Friday.
Williams, 30, has been a consistent contributor in the NBA since he was drafted second overall in 2005 by the Atlanta Hawks, ahead of players like Chris Paul and Deron Williams. Last season, Williams played a critical role in the Hornets’ run, and near victory against the Miami Heat, in the playoffs. As always, context is key — cost, length, options, etc — but with just Chris McCullough, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, and Sean Kilpatrick at the forward position, Williams could be a reasonable add given what’s left on the market.
The veteran started 81 games for the Hornets in 2015-2016, tallying 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds over 28.9 minutes per game.