NBA Notebook

Williams, ex-Tar Heel, set to visit Hornets

Staff and wiresJuly 9, 2014 

— Former North Carolina player Marvin Williams appears to be on the Charlotte Hornets’ short list to fill a role at power forward next season.

A Utah Jazz unrestricted free agent, Williams will visit the Hornets, a source said Tuesday. Williams’ teammate, Gordon Hayward, a restricted free agent, just completed a two-day visit with the Hornets.

Josh McRoberts, Charlotte’s starter at power forward last season, is leaving for the Miami Heat on a four-year, $23 million contract. The alternatives currently are second-year pro Cody Zeller and rookie Noah Vonleh.

Williams would provide some experience and shooting range. He hit 36 percent of his 3-point atttempts last season, averaging 9.1 points per game.

Rick Bonnell

Los Angeles Clippers: Donald Sterling, who’s challenging the sale of his Clippers, gave testy, bombastic testimony, contending he’s mentally sound, sparring with his wife’s lawyer and repeatedly drawing laughter from spectators.

“Tell me what you want to accuse me of … stand up and be a man,” he told attorney Bert Fields during a 90-minute afternoon appearance.

Sterling, 80, also called doctors who’ve declared he has Alzheimer’s “hired guns,” pleaded a faulty memory about some of his most controversial remarks and declared he could top the $2 billion offer for the Clippers by $10 billion by selling TV rights to Fox and winning an antitrust suit he has filed against the NBA.

Miami: LeBron James held meetings for more than three hours at a Las Vegas hotel, leaving without any indication of what team he’ll play for next season.

James said he had “no complaints” when asked how free agency was going. He declined to say whom he had met with Tuesday or whether he had made a decision of where he’ll play next.

Minnesota: The Timberwolves signed first-round draft pick Zach LaVine, the 13th overall pick last month out of UCLA

Oklahoma: USA Basketball said Russell Westbrook will not participate this summer so he can rest some previous knee injuries.

Associated Press

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