SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - The Utah Jazz are about to add their second Williams in four days.
The Jazz are finalizing a deal that would send point guard Devin Harris to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for small forward Marvin Williams.
Harris, acquired in the Deron Williams trade in February 2011, became expendable when the Jazz acquired point guard Mo Williams from the Los Angeles Clippers with their trade exception on Friday.
Harris spent one and a half seasons in Utah, averaged 11.3 points and 5.0 assists in 63 games last season. But the Jazz plan on using Mo Williams as their starting point guard, with Earl Watson and Jamaal Tinsley backing him up.
Marvin Williams has never lived up to the hype coming out of college when he was the 2nd overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft out of North Carolina. In seven season with the Hawks, he has averaged 11.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Last season, Williams averaged 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds.
Williams has two years left on his current contract that will pay him $8.3 million next season and $7.5 million in the 2013-2014 season.
A 6-9, 245-pound forward, Williams is a career 33 percent shooter from 3-point range, including 39 percent last season. In addition to his outside shooting ability, Williams brings the Jazz much-needed athleticism at the small forward position.
The trade, which is expected to become official soon, most likely signals the end of C.J. Miles' and Josh Howard's tenure with the Jazz.
The Jazz will now have the 2nd overall pick in 2005 (Marvin Williams), the 3rd overall pick in 2010 (Derrick Favors), the 3rd overall pick in 2011 (Enes Kanter), and the 9th overall pick in 2010 (Gordon Hayward).