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Marvin Williams stays with Charlotte Hornets on four-year, $54.5 million deal

By The Sports Xchange
Marvin Williams stays with Charlotte Hornets on four-year, $54.5 million deal
New York Knicks forward Kyle O'Quinn (9) fouls Charlotte Hornets forward Marvin Williams (2) in the first quarter at Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 6, 2016. Photo by Ray Stubblebine/UPI | License Photo

Marvin Williams has opted to stay with the Charlotte Hornets, agreeing to sign a four-year, $54.5 million deal with the team Saturday.

The deal includes a player option for the fourth year, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, who first reported the signing.

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The 30-year-old forward also drew interest from the Brooklyn Nets and had offers in the range of $15 million per year, per Wojnarowski.

Wojnarowski said that Williams' role in the Hornets' system and relationship with coach Steve Clifford factored into his decision.

Williams has played for three teams during his 11-year career, beginning with the Atlanta Hawks, who selected him No. 2 overall in the 2005 draft.

After spending seven seasons with the Hawks, Williams joined the Utah Jazz for two seasons before signing a two-year contract with Charlotte in 2014.

Last year with the Hornets, Williams averaged 11.7 points -- his highest scoring average since 2008-09 -- and 6.4 rebounds in 81 games.

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