NBA Rumors: Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets Looking To Part Ways?

NBA Rumors: Deron Williams, Brooklyn Nets Looking To Part Ways?


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The Brooklyn Nets entered this season as a team many believed to be capable of upending the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference after trading for Celtic veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett and pairing them with All-Stars Joe Johnson and Deron Williams.

Despite owner Mikhail Prokhorov paying up to $180 million after salary tax implications and boasting a squad full of future Hall-of-Famers, the Nets crashed out of the playoffs, losing 4-1 to the Heat in the second round.

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Although the Nets were playing without injured All-Star Brook Lopez, much of the blame for the team’s struggles fell on point guard Deron Williams. Williams was awarded a five year, $100 million contract with the hopes that the Brooklyn front office could build a serious contender around the three-time All-Star, but now the team may be ready to move on.

According to Brian Geltzeiler of Hoops Critic, both Williams and the Nets front office are ready to move on as their relationship has deteriorated over the past few years:

Sources have told that this falling out between Williams and Nets management, specifically Nets GM Billy King, has resulted in a mutual decision between the two parties to split.  Williams, and his wife, essentially want out of Brooklyn and King is more than happy to accommodate them.

While both parties seem set to start a new chapter, it will very hard for Billy King to find a suitable trade partner for Williams. The veteran point guard is owed $63 million over the next three seasons, and with his ongoing struggles, it will be hard for the Nets to receive equal value.

The Lakers interest in a possible trade is unknown, but the franchise did pursue a trade for Williams in the summer of 2012 before ultimately signing Steve Nash and trading for Dwight Howard.

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However, while the Lakers have cap space, they have little else to offer in a trade right now, and the team is trying to conserve flexibility for the off-season of 2015 when the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love will become free agents.
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  • cyborgspider

    What a dropoff… if only he’d stayed at Utah and didn’t run Sloan out of town, he might still be a top point guard in the league. Who would take him at this point, at that salary?

  • 3339

    Should’ve went to Dallas back when he was a FA. That would’ve been a much better fit for him.

  • Marty Susman

    He is done, another Steve Nash only his problem is age plus MONEY he already got/getting. He will NEVER get a contract like the one he has now & he will NEVER be a top point in todays NBA. He is done along with players like Melo & Garnet & Wade.

  • $20509373

    He’s a broken shadow of his former self. Once upon a time you could out him in the same sentence as Chris Paul, but not anymore. He completely fell off once he got his money.

  • They call me Pringles

    No deal. The Lakers are 5 years too late on Deron Williams. They might have better chance on trading him to Boston.

  • Andre

    His salary is way too inflated and he is a shadow of his former All Star self and i would never want the Lakers to invest in this overpaid guy.If we were getting Deron Williams for lets say the full mid level exception at around $5 million per season i would say sure that’s a good deal but at his current contract NO WAY IN HELL.Not worth a huge contract just a fringe starter at this time.Shaun Livingston out performed him this season IMO.

  • Zimmeredge

    we need players who can… well… play!

  • C Hawk

    Get em in LA! Maybe Kobe can get the most out of him.

    • Spooogie

      You must think money grows on trees? Lakers have $35,000,000 in Contracts (3 players, Kobe, Nash, Sacre). Deron will be about $20,000,000. So what does that equal, about $55,000,000 for 4 players. The cap for next year is about $63,000,000 so they would have 8 million dollars to sign the rest of the players?

  • Jacob Gasca

    Why mention the Lakers in this story? Doesn’t make sense.

  • Terry DeShields

    I dont understand, why dont they make Steve nash the head coach for the Lakers? Think about it. Thats what he is on the floor. Team already is comfortable with him. They will save money. Why not?

    • Chrmngblly

      Maybe. That is an idea to consider, anyway. We need to keep Nash around doing something.

  • Michael

    I cannot believe this guy was considered to be the best point guard in the league back in 2007-2009ish. Boy, have times changed…

  • michael

    two questions:
    Wasn’t he signed with bird rights?
    Do bird rights transfer if he was traded?

  • Ryan

    He has not been the same since utah BUT ALSO he has not been the same since the injuries with his ankles an you need them as a pg

  • hookedonnews

    Good luck finding someone to take that contract. Williams has a bad ankle and is not the player he once was. Lost respect for him when he forced Jerry Sloan out in Utah. Brooklyn is likely going to be stuck with him.

  • Marty Susman

    I don’t care where he goes as long as it’s NOT THE LAKERS !!!!!

  • Marty Susman

    Knowing Phil Jackson he will end up in New York along with Vince Carter & any other over age player who likes N.Y. Phil loves old guys,,,,,(Nothing is better then a TALL OLD GUY TO PHIL)