Williams will exercise his $15 million player option to remain in Charlotte for the 2019-20 season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Williams is one of several Hornets players with an unsightly cap figure, and the decision to opt into the $15 million was somewhat of a no-brainer for the soon-to-be-33-year-old. The former No. 2 overall pick appeared in 75 games last season, averaging 10.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists while shooting 36.6 percent from three on a career-best 5.1 attempts per game.
Williams said Thursday that he does not plan to opt out of his contract for the 2019-20 season, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
While Williams could always change his mind, the decision to pick up his $15 million player option makes sense, as he's likely to have trouble securing another longer-term deal on the open market. The veteran remains a decent source of scoring, threes and rebounding, but he'll turn 33 in June and is clearly on the downswing of his career.
Williams (foot) is out for the Hornets' final game of the regular season against the Magic.
Wednesday will mark five straight absences for the veteran, who is dealing with a strained right foot. He remains day-to-day, however, which is a good sign for the Hornets if they manage to make the playoffs.
Williams (foot) will be active for Tuesday's game against the Pistons, but he's unlikely to play, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Essentially, the Hornets will have Williams as an option in an emergency situation, but the expectation is that the veteran will not see the floor as he continues to nurse a right foot injury. Williams will likely remain out for Wednesday's regular season finale, as well, but the Hornets will revisit his status at shootaround in the morning.
Williams (foot) is in danger of missing the Hornets' final two games of the regular season, Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Williams has already missed the last three contests, and he implied after Sunday's game against Detroit that he expects to remain out for at least Tuesday's game in Cleveland, and likely the season finale Wednesday against Orlando, as well. In his absence, the Hornets have turned to Frank Kaminsky and Miles Bridges for increased minutes up front.
Williams (foot) is listed as out for Sunday's game against Detroit.
Williams is set to miss a third-straight game due to a right foot strain. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist should continue to start in place of Williams, while Frank Kaminsky will likely continue to see an expanded role off the bench.
Williams (foot) is out Friday against the Raptors.
A strained right foot will keep the veteran on the shelf for a second straight contest. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a strong candidate to draw another start.
Williams (foot) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.
Williams will miss his first game after straining a muscle in his foot during Monday's loss to the Jazz. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is the likely candidate to inherit the starting position with Williams out, although it hasn't yet been specified who will take over. The severity of Williams' injury is unclear, but given the Hornets playoff position, they'll hope he can return for Friday's game against Toronto.
Williams is listed as doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans due to a right foot strain.
Williams played 24 minutes in Monday's loss to the Jazz and appears to have emerged with a foot issue. With Williams likely out of the lineup Wednesday, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Frank Kaminsky should both be in line for extended minutes in the frontcourt.
Williams put up 13 points (5-6 FG, 3-4 3Pt), three rebounds, three blocks and two steals in 25 minutes Thursday in the Hornets' 113-106 win over the Timberwolves.
Since erupting for 30 points in a March 8 win over the Wizards, Williams had been a disaster over the Hornets' subsequent five games, averaging 4.0 points on 17.2 percent from the field while sitting once due to an illness. Williams bounced back nicely Thursday with an excellent shooting night to go along with stellar defensive production, but he'll need to display some more consistency before he can be viewed as anything more than a streaming option in most formats.
Williams returned to practice Wednesday.
Williams was held out of Monday's game against Houston with an illness, but he should be considered healthy going forward. The Hornets are off Wednesday and Thursday before entering a seven-games-in-12-nights stretch beginning Friday in Washington.
Williams (illness) will not play Monday against the Rockets.
Williams came down with an illness over the weekend and will join Cody Zeller in street clothes, leaving the Hornets without two starters up front. Expect Frank Kaminsky, Miles Bridges and Willy Hernangomez to each see bumps in minutes Monday as the Hornets attempt to stay afloat in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Williams tallied 30 points (10-16 FG, 7-10 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, an assist, two blocks and a steal across 32 minutes Friday against the Wizards.
Williams was lights out from beyond the arc, as he scored 21 of his 30 points from downtown. The 32-year-old is averaging just 8.7 points through the first four games of March, so while his outing Friday night was impressive, fantasy owners shouldn't expect this type of production on a consistent basis.
Williams (toe) said he will play Wednesday against the Rockets, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
A strained right toe had Williams listed as doubtful for Wednesday's matchup, but it appears the veteran is feeling better than expected. He's posted double-digit points in each of the past three contests.
Williams isn't expected to play Wednesday against Houston due to a right big toe strain.
Williams appears to have picked up the injury in Charlotte's last matchup with Golden State, and he's in line to miss at least one contest while on the mend. Assuming he's officially ruled out closer to tip, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could be in line to start at power forward in Williams' place.
Williams scored a season-high 27 points (12-16 FG, 3-7 3Pt) while adding three rebounds, a steal and a block in 35 minutes during Saturday's 129-120 win over the Hawks.
It's only the fifth time this season Williams has dropped 20 or more points, and the first since Dec. 21. The veteran forward isn't the most consistent fantasy asset, but he has recorded at least one made three-pointer in 21 straight games, averaging 12.0 points, 5.2 boards, 2.4 threes, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals over that stretch.
Williams posted 15 points (4-15 FG, 3-12 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, four blocks and one assist in 35 minutes Tuesday in the Hornets' 117-115 loss to the Clippers.
Williams suffered through one of his worst shooting nights of the season, bringing a swift end to a three-game stretch in which he converted at a 60.9 percent clip from the field. The veteran forward at least atoned for the poor efficiency by ratcheting up his defense, with his four rejections tying the season-best mark he posted in the Oct. 17 opener against the Bucks.
Williams totaled 16 points (5-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds and a steal in 33 minutes Friday against Memphis.
Williams notched another double-digit scoring outing in a 100-92 victory, his fourth such performance over his last five contests. He was one of five Hornets to finish with 10 or more points on the evening. Williams has been a steady contributor of late and will look to extend this recent stretch of strong play into Saturday's tilt with Chicago.
Williams finished with 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-7 3Pt), eight rebounds, two assists and a steal across 35 minutes in Friday's 108-99 loss to the Bucks.
Even though Williams is an everyday starter for the Hornets, it's rare that you see significant totals. He enjoyed a nice six-game run earlier this month with a string of decent stat lines, and his rebound total in Friday's loss was encouraging, but the 13-year vet will only have a fantasy impact if the Hornets get the injury bug.
Williams totaled 14 points (5-10 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and one steal across 29 minutes in the Hornets' 128-109 loss to the Clippers on Tuesday.
Williams had the best shooting performance of any member of the first unit on a night when both Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb struggled with their offense. The veteran forward has picked it up on the scoreboard of late, generating six straight double-digit scoring efforts, and seven in the last eight games overall. Moreover, the 14-year veteran continues to churn out solid rebounding numbers, hauling in between six and 12 boards in six of those contests. Given his dependable numbers, the 32-year-old continues to serve as a viable forward option in deeper formats and as a typically cost-effective DFS play.
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