ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 30: Marvin Williams #24 of the Atlanta Hawks steals a pass by the New Jersey Nets at Philips Arena on December 30, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Earlier today it was reported that Hawks small forward Marvin Williams was unhappy with his role with the Hawks and had requested a trade from the team. Later this afternoon, Williams denied making such a claim and is expected to be in uniform Wednesday night when the Hawks conclude their road trip against the New York Knicks.
The #Hawks just landed in NYC and had a convo with a very disappointed Marvin Williams, who while attending the funeral of a family friend, had to hear about his "reported" trade request. He vehemently denies ever asking for a trade and said, "you know that's not me."
Such is the perils of rumor spiraling out of control. I will stop short of saying that Broussard's report was unsubstantiated but if you carefully read it then you will see that it is only saying that Williams is unhappy with his role in Atlanta and may want a change of scenery. Nowhere did it say that he formally requested a trade or that anything was imminent.
Sure it is possible that this is a case of damage control by the Hawks. Its possible but given the people involved I don't believe that to be the case. Marvin has had plenty of opportunities to complain and many of us wouldn't blame him if he did so. However, that has never been his style or his reputation to do such.
The original report also mentions Kirk Hinrich and how some in Atlanta feel that his return has somehow hurt a Hawks team that was playing well. That is a discussion that has been played out here at Peachtree Hoops in many discussions as well as at the AJC and it is very possible that the rumor originated from those places.