Erik Spoelstra: “Nothing to regret” on free agent miss Marvin Williams

Marvin Williams could've been a Heat. (Getty Images)
Marvin Williams could’ve been a Heat. (Getty Images)

The Heat chased a lot of players during their 2014 free agency frenzy — first recruiting guys to play with LeBron James, then scrambling to compensate for his departure — and one of their early visits was with former Utah forward Marvin Williams.

The Heat ultimately did not close on Williams, and he signed a two-year, $14.5 million deal with the Hornets. He is averaging 11.6 points and 6.8 rebounds while shooting 45.1 percent from the field, including 39.8 percent on 3-pointers.

“He’s the healthiest he’s been in a while; health makes all the difference with players,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said before tonight’s game against the Hornets. “Steve (Clifford) has done a great job maximizing his abilities and creating a system that really compliments Kemba Walker and (Nicolas) Batum.

“We always liked him. We had a great meeting with him. There’s nothing to regret on either end. He’s in a great place. Outside of the competition, I’m a fan of him. He’s a high-quality pro. Except for against us, I like to see him do well.”

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