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Utah Jazz 'ecstatic' for Charlotte-bound Marvin Williams

Published: Saturday, Aug. 29 2015 1:30 a.m. MDT

Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) drives past Sacramento Kings small forward Travis Outlaw (25) as the Utah Jazz and the Sacramento Kings play NBA basketball Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) drives past Sacramento Kings small forward Travis Outlaw (25) as the Utah Jazz and the Sacramento Kings play NBA basketball Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Salt Lake City. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

LAS VEGAS — A big smile emerged on Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey's face when Marvin Williams' name was brought up in an interview.

The former Jazz forward agreed to terms with Charlotte — two years for $14 million, per Yahoo Sports — and Lindsey couldn't be happier.

"We're just ecstatic for Marvin," Lindsey said.

Williams spent the past two seasons in Utah after being traded from his original NBA team, Atlanta, in 2012. The 28-year-old, who was the No. 2 pick of the 2005 draft, averaged 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds this past season while playing a stretch-four role for the Jazz.

The Jazz went another direction for their bigs last week when they traded for forward Steve Novak, a deadly 3-point shooter who's trying to bulk up to defend larger power forwards.

Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams speaks with the media as Jazz players clean out their lockers for the season in Salt Lake City Thursday, April 17, 2014. (Hugh Carey, Deseret News) Utah Jazz forward Marvin Williams speaks with the media as Jazz players clean out their lockers for the season in Salt Lake City Thursday, April 17, 2014. (Hugh Carey, Deseret News)

Utah is also willing to go forward with bigs Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Rudy Gobert, Jeremy Evans and perhaps nonguaranteed guys Malcolm Thomas and/or Erik Murphy.

But Lindsey believes Williams' career was helped by the Jazz having him transition from a small forward to a stretch four. The GM is also appreciative of his contributions in Utah, especially during the 25-57 season.

"He, in some ways the last two years, led our group. He kept a very young troop tighter," Lindsey said of the former Tar Heels player. "Really North Carolina is a second home for him. We were thrilled that he got a good contract with a good team."

Lindsey said that on the same day the Jazz spoiled the Hornets' plans for Gordon Hayward by matching the small forward's four-year, $63 million deal.

Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) drives past the defense of Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during a game at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, February 8, 2014. (Matt Gade, Deseret News) Utah Jazz power forward Marvin Williams (2) drives past the defense of Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) during a game at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday, February 8, 2014. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

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