The San Francisco Chronicle claims so
Atlanta is shopping small forward Marvin Williams, who regressed a little after a promising 2008-09 season. The Warriors have already contacted the Hawks and might call Houston, if swingmen Trevor Ariza and Shane Battier are really on the trade block.
I’m not sure if I buy this yet but it caught my eye and thought it was worth a quick look.
I think there are two main options when trading Marvin Williams
- Trade for talent – the Hawks would be looking for a very good to elite role player. Since they have two big men, and JJ is likely staying, the Hawks will likely look for a point guard (Jose Calderon?) or a small forward (Turkoglu?). The other option is to try and find a young prospect with good potential.
- Trade for cap flexibility – the Hawks trade Williams to a team below the cap in exchange for a future draft pick (likely a mid to late first rounder) + use their new found cap flexibility to sign Josh Childress. The Hawks are currently too close to the cap to keep both Childress + Marvin and will have to choose between the two as a result. The idea here is that the Hawks see more value in a first rounder and Childress than they do in Marvin Williams.
Personally, outside of maybe a Jose Calderon trade, I would rather see the Hawks hang onto Marvin Williams. There are a lack of trade targets that scream out as improvements for the Hawks + I rate Marvin higher than Childress.