Derrick Williams RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:241 lbs. / 109.3 kg.
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:241 lbs. / 109.3 kg.
Chris Broussard: Sources: Kings, Knicks, Wizards, Dallas and Pacers are registering interest in Derrick Williams: 1 more rumor
While waiting on Pierce’s decision, the Wizards reached out to various free agents Wednesday, including Indiana Pacers combo guard Rodney Stuckey, Sacramento Kings forward Derrick Williams, Brooklyn Nets swingman Alan Anderson, and Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Wayne Ellington, according to people familiar with the situation.
Chris Broussard: Sources: Sac, Wash, Hou, LAL, Mia, Phx, NYK expected to show interest in Derrick Williams
Jeff Goodman: Sacramento expressed interest in keeping unrestricted free agent Derrick Williams, sources told ESPN. First order for Kings: PG situation.: 1 more rumor
“Dark horse, I’d probably say, how do you say his name?” said Williams. “Antepoko? Is that how you say it? Greek Freek, that’s what they call him. So he’s a dark horse, but I’ll probably say Zach LaVine will win it. I’ve seen him jump and I think he’s going to bring some excitement.”
Two leapers currently on the Kings, Derrick Williams and Ben McLemore, participated in previous NBA dunk contests. And a third player, Ryan Hollins, always wished he could. “Man, I think it was a popularity thing. My earlier years, the league wouldn’t let me in,” Hollins told Cowbell Kingdom. “But I tried to get in. I think I may have passed that time. I don’t know, it might still be in there. It takes me a while to get going now.”
Now that new coach George Karl is in place in Sacramento, sources told Sporting News this week that the Kings have stepped up their focus on re-arranging the roster in order to bring in the type of athletic, versatile players that suit Karl’s aggressive and up-tempo style of play. Even before the hiring of Karl, the team has been shopping big man Jason Thompson, reserve forward Derrick Williams and—in lieu of a first-round pick—rookie Nik Stauskas.
League sources say they have been shopping Derrick Williams, but Stauskas was recently reported to be available as well. When there’s a team that is aggressively looking to make a trade and has attractive assets to pull one off, usually that means a deal will happen before the deadline. Keep an eye on the Kings.
The Nets have been in discussions about trading either Lopez or Deron Williams this season, including talks with the Kings that would have centered around Williams going to Sacramento in exchange for Darren Collison, Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams. Those talks were held up, however, by the Kings being interested in Mason Plumlee and the Nets in rookie Nik Stauskas, both non-starters for the other team.
Marc Stein: Kings original offers to Detroit in June featured Jason Thompson/Derrick Williams. Subsequent pitches involved Landry subbed in for Williams
Multiple sources stressed no deal is imminent, however. The Yahoo report said the Kings were interested in also acquiring young Nets center Mason Plumlee in a deal, but sources emphatically said Plumlee will not be traded anywhere.
Tim Bontemps: Multiple league sources confirm Nets-Kings talks about Deron Williams. All stress deal isn’t close, and that Mason Plumlee is going nowhere.
A hiccup in the trade is Sacramento coveting Mason Plumlee, who is not part of the deal as currently proposed. Plumlee would upgrade the Kings at the power forward spot forming an imposing frontcourt along with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. All three were teammates on Team USA that captured the FIBA World Cup in Spain this offseason.
According to league sources, CSN Bay Area is learning that a proposed trade sending Darren Collison, Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams from the Kings to the Nets for Deron Williams may not fly. The deal was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
It’s no secret that Williams’ time is coming to an end in Sacramento. He is regarded around the league as a reclamation project at best, and at worst, a bust. The Kings can sell him to other clubs as an expiring deal, or let him walk when free agency begins.
Savvy shoppers know stores tend to place their clearance items in a space for everyone to see. If recent games are an indication, the Sacramento Kings are doing the same with Derrick Williams. In the first 11 games of the season, Williams recorded three DNP’s and averaged 5.5 minutes of action in the other eight. Since November 20, a span of five contests, the former second overall pick has played 19.2 minutes per contest, scoring 7.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.
It’s undeniable that in three full NBA seasons, the No. 2 overall pick from the 2011 NBA Draft has failed to meet the lofty expectations bestowed upon such highly touted prospects. Heading into this offseason, his game was in need of significant adjustment, and that was why he consented to play in Las Vegas. Or at least that should have been the primary reason. “Man, I don’t feel like I really need to prove anything,” Derrick Williams said after practice between the Kings’ first two summer league games. “I just know I want to get better with the team. That’s what I use summer league for. Just all get better, not just myself. Obviously you want to get better individually, but we’re here to play together and get this chemistry going. Myself, Q (Quincy Acy), Ray (McCallum), Ben (McLemore), some of the returners, we gotta get that chemistry since we’re so young.”
Jon Santiago: Michael Malone said after the game that Derrick Williams did not play b/c the Kings planned to have him for only 3 gms. He’s done for #LVSL.
Jason Jones: Practice is over in Las Vegas. Derrick Williams (personal reasons) is only player not here yet. Expected here Wednesday morning
Jason Jones: FYI: Derrick Williams was very receptive to playing in summer league. Realizes this is a big season for him and he has a lot to prove.
05 Jul 14
Jon Santiago: Kings summer league roster (so far): McCallum, McLemore, Stauskas, Derrick Williams, Acy, Sim Bhullar, Nick Wiggins, Jared Cunningham and Eric Moreland. They cut Willie Reed yesterday in case you were unaware of that. @Shams Charania reported that first.
How would you describe your transition to Sacramento? Derrick Williams: “It’s good! I finally moved into my house a few weeks ago. When you get traded on the spot, you have 48 hours and then you start playing. So the first week was really hectic, but since then it’s been good.” How are you working to improve the consistency of your game? “Staying after practice and working out with the other younger guys. We’re always trying to get extra work in, and to be the last ones to leave.”
27 Jan 14
Just seven games into Williams’ tenure with the Kings, general manager Pete D’Alessandro pulled off a blockbuster seven-man deal that brought Rudy Gay to Sacramento. Williams is now back on the bench and struggling to find his way. “Derrick has probably been effected the most with Rudy coming,” coach Michael Malone said during pre game on Thursday. “It’s been a little tough on Derrick,” Malone added. “But I know he’s going to keep on competing and playing hard for us.”
Q: So you have to be happy about the early returns on the Derrick Williams trade. He’s athletic, and his overall game looked pretty good in game number one. Pete D’Alessandro: After one game, we feel the way we felt when we did the trade. The one thing about once you make a trade, is it’s more about getting to know the person. You know what you see on the floor, you know what you understand as someone’s potential, but now you get to meet the person. And a big part of, I think, becoming good or great, is about who you are. You see it in a lot of players and it’s been a pleasure getting to know him.
SacKings’ thoughts on Derrick Williams debut: Michael Malone: “I thought he was terrific. Right away, I said that he’s a guy that brings great athleticism and versatility. We had great plays and transitions, we got out and ran. We had some plays at the rim and he was a big part of that. He’s only going to get better as he gets his feet set and gets more comfortable.”
That said, Love admitted that making a personnel change during the season can be difficult. “It’s pretty tough,” Love said. “I would say it would be a little bit more tough had D-Will been a starter or something, playing 25-, 30-plus minutes a night. But it’s always tough losing somebody. I really enjoyed having D-Will around. And, like I mentioned, Sacramento will enjoy him. But having Luc, he’ll come in and fit in immediately.’’
Sacramento represents a fresh start for Williams, who was born in La Mirada in Southern California. He’s happy to leave behind the freezing temperatures for a warmer, west coast climate and he said he’s ready to reinvent himself, to show people why he was worthy of that high draft pick. “That’s how I got to the NBA, just proving people wrong,” Williams said. “(Minnesota was) just a bad fit for myself with the situation I was in, but I’m here to prove people wrong. I’ve been at the bottom, everybody knows that, and there’s only one way up.”
“I just tell people, just get me on the court, I’m going to do good things,” said Williams. “Playing behind Kevin Love, it’s tough. Not many people can out play him and he’s one of the best players in the world.”
The 22-year-old Williams flew into San Francisco, before completing his physical and meeting Kings owner Vivek Ranadive during a private dinner. He then made his way over to the team’s practice facility in Sacramento, where he spoke about the trade publicly for the first time as a King. “It feels good, it’s a new beginning,” Williams said. “It’s a new start for myself, and the team. I really feel like I can help this team out.”
“You’re always talking with your staff and evaluating the league to see what opportunities may be out there,” D’Alessandro said in a phone interview. “Early in the year, it became clear that we may have an opportunity to acquire Derrick. We did a lot of work and spent a lot of time doing background and research. His talent, we’ve seen that going back to his time at Arizona. We hope this is a fresh start for him. We feel this is a great environment for him to come here and get that fresh start.”
Flip said contrary to popular opinion on Twitter, Adelman actually likes Derrick and think he’ll be a good player in this league. Said he doesn’t hate him. Implied, though, that Derrick never won Adelman’s trust and team needs to find bench guys Adelman can trust to play more to relieve stress on the starters.
He averaged 4.4 points and three rebounds and nearly 22 minutes a game while playing nine of Sacramento’s 12 games. “We’ll welcome him to the family,” Martin said. “He’s a veteran player, a pretty good defender. You never know how somebody fits into the team until he gets here.”
“We are excited to acquire a solid veteran player in Luc Mbah a Moute,” Flip Saunders, Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations said in a news release. “Luc is known as one of the premier defensive players in the league with an ability to guard multiple positions. He adds a lot of energy, grit and a high basketball IQ to our team. We thank Derrick for his contributions to our organization and wish him well in Sacramento.”
Alex Kennedy: One league source told me that Flip Saunders refused to trade Derrick Williams over the summer. In recent weeks, he made Williams available.