After spending his first seven NBA seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Marvin Williams admits he would've been plenty happy playing there — and staying there — for a lot longer.

Well, young man, welcome to the business side of professional basketball, where even all-time greats from Wilt Chamberlain and Oscar Robertson to Shaquille O'Neal and Steve Nash have found themselves on the trading block during their storied careers.

No, Williams did not see this trade coming at all. But after being peddled to Utah last week in a deal that sent point guard Devin Harris to Atlanta, Williams expressed his excitement and enthusiasm about beginning the next chapter of his life — this one in a Jazz uniform.

"This is definitely an exciting time for me and my family," Williams, a 6-foot-9 small forward, said Thursday in his introductory press conference with the Utah media. "Obviously (it's) my first time being traded, but to be able to play for an organization like the Utah Jazz really is exciting.