Hornets forward Williams opts to return in 2019-20

Hornets forward Marvin Williams averaged 10.1 points this past season.

Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams will exercise the option on his contract and return to the team for another season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Williams will receive $15.6 million next year and then become an unrestricted free agent in July 2020. The second overall pick in the 2005 draft averaged 10.1 points and 5.4 rebounds this past season.

He also was often tasked with defending the other team’s best wing player.

“A forward like Williams, who can guard multiple positions and knock down three-pointers (.378 3PT% since joining the Hornets in 2014), would probably do reasonably well on the open market,” Luke Adams of Hopps Rumors noted. “However, the former UNC standout is entering his age-33 season and almost certainly wouldn’t match his $15MM option salary in free agency.”

The Hornets failed to make the playoffs after finishing 39-43 under first-year coach James Borrego. All-Star point guard Kemba Walker is their most notable free agent.