Forward Marvin Williams will turn down more lucrative offers and return to the Hornets on a four-year, $54.5 million deal, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Williams could have made as much as $15 million annually elsewhere, but enjoyed the idea of continuing in Charlotte. According to USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt, his deal includes a player option in the fourth year.
Williams, an 11-year veteran, has spend each of the last two seasons with the Hornets. After being in and out of the starting lineup in 2014–15, Williams started 81 games last season and averaged 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds.
With the return of Williams and fellow wing Nicolas Batum, Charlotte will now focus its efforts on signing a backup point guard to replace the departing Jeremy Lin, and a reserve center.
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