Marvin Williams Denies Requesting Trade

Upon hearing about Chris Broussard's report that suggested Marvin Williams wanted out of Atlanta, Williams "vehemently denied" asking for a trade, tweets Arthur Triche of the Hawks. The 25-year-old told Triche, "You know that's not me."

Broussard technically didn't report that Williams had requested a trade, writing that the Hawks forward "wants out because he wants to play somewhere where he'll have an increased role offensively." It may be a matter of semantics, but it's possible Williams is telling the truth and Broussard's report is accurate — the former second overall pick could be unhappy with his role, but not to the point where he's formally asked to be traded.

A former Tar Heel, Williams has played for the Hawks since 2005 and is playing a career-low 24.2 MPG this season. The lack of playing time has also reduced his points per game to 9.6, his lowest mark since he was a 19-year-old rookie, though his average per 36 minutes is consistent with his career rate. Williams is under contract through next season, with an early termination option for 2013/14.

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