UNC Basketball: Marvin Williams plans to sign with Milwaukee Bucks

Former UNC basketball star Marvin Williams is planning to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks after having his contract with the Charlotte Hornets bought out.

The NBA’s best team may be getting even better, as the Milwaukee Bucks are clearing up space to sign veteran forward Marvin Williams.

The Bucks will reportedly waive third-year big man Dragan Bender now that Williams’ contract with the Charlotte Hornets has been bought out. Bender has made just seven appearances for the Bucks this season, averaging 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Williams will be waived as soon as Saturday, allowing him to clear waivers with the remainder of his $15 million expiring salary, and become an unrestricted free agent.

Williams is averaging 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and one assist per game in 41 appearances with the Hornets this season. He’s been with Charlotte since the 2014-15 campaign, averaging 9.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in his six seasons with the Hornets. Prior to this season, Williams had been a starter since his second year in the league.

Despite averaging fewer points and minutes than at any time in his career, Williams’ value to teams on the buyout market is immense thanks to his ability to shoot from the perimeter, defend multiple positions and provide veteran leadership. He’s also got plenty of postseason experience, as he’s averaged 25 minutes per game over 49 playoff appearances.

For his career, Williams has averaged 10.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and one assist in 1,055 games. He’s a career 36.2 percent three-point shooter, and hit nearly 81 percent of his 2,547 free throw attempts.

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