As it was previously reported, the Washington Wizards have reached out to a number of available free agents that could potentially fill a void left by Trevor Ariza should he choose to leave the nation’s capital.
One of those free agents, Marvin Williams, is apparently ‘talking with’ a number of teams, including the Washington Wizards.
Marvin Williams was selected second overall in the 2005 NBA Draft, and even though he will never live up to his draft selection after getting picked before the likes of Chris Paul and Deron Williams, he has been a serviceable player in the league.
At this point in his career, the 6’9 Marvin Williams will likely serve as more of a ‘stretch 4′ than a small forward, though he could probably still play at that spot in spurts.
Marvin Williams averaged just over 9 points and 5 rebounds per game with the Utah Jazz last season, but he did shoot a respectable 36% from three. It’s unclear how much interest the Wizards have shown in Marvin Williams, but he has gotten interest from a number of playoff caliber teams, so I wouldn’t expect him to get a deal anytime soon.
The Washington Wizards are likely still hoping Trevor Ariza comes back to the nation’s capital, but it doesn’t seem as if they’re willing to spend the money it took to retain Marcin Gortat just a couple of days ago. Trevor Ariza will turn 30-years old next year and this will probably end up being his last long-term deal he’ll receive in his career. With that said, the Wizards have already used up the majority of their cap space and Ariza could end up being out of their price range.
Would Marvin Williams be a good replacement for Trevor Ariza? Probably not, but I wouldn’t rule out signing him because the Wizards could use an outside shooter like Marvin Williams, especially since they were unable to get much contribution from Al Harrington last season, who they brought in to fill the ‘stretch 4′ role.