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"The second I walked in to watch Chris Paul play, there was no doubt in my mind he was ridiculously special,'' Ainge says. "I saw him play at Duke, as a freshman for Wake Forest, and he did not have a good game. It was just his talent level -- athletic, smart, tough, physical. He was just confident in what he was doing, in spite of the fact that he wasn't making shots and everything else. There was just something about him, that he put a smile on my face as I watched them play.'' In 2005, Ainge tried to trade Pierce to Portland for the No. 3 pick in order to draft Paul. The trade fell apart and Paul went No. 4 to New Orleans, behind Andrew Bogut, Marvin Williams and Deron Williams. "Chris Paul was clearly the No. 1 pick in the draft that year, in my mind,'' says Ainge. "I was very confident in spite of my own staff, in spite of my own coaches and my own people not sharing that opinion.'' NBA.com

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Alex Kennedy: Rival executive told me that restrictions put on tax teams and ugly contracts of Williams/Johnson are making it difficult for Nets to trade. The Nets could obviously dump those guys. But getting significant pieces back who would turn around their season is proving to be difficult. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

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Sam Amick: For those who may have wondered, Kings-Nets talks re: Deron Williams still dead. He's out on West Coast trip (rib) w/ Monday return likely Twitter @sam_amick

The Nets said Deron Williams would miss the rest of this Western trip — which continues Thursday in Los Angeles against the Clippers before ending Saturday against the Jazz. Williams — recovering from his broken rib, took some shots up before the Nets held their morning shootaround at Sleep Train Arena. He has begun doing non-contact work on the court but still is experiencing pain. New York Post

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As hot are things are getting on the Brook Lopez front for the Nets, league sources say it's the full-on opposite when it comes to former All-Star guard Deron Williams. The Nets have had no luck in their well-chronicled attempts to move Williams, which, as ESPN.com first reported, began in earnest in early December. ESPN.com

The Nets made it known to other teams in early December that Lopez, point guard Deron Williams and swingman Joe Johnson were available via trade, and they recently had talks with the Sacramento Kings about Williams, according to sources. ESPN.com

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. New York Post

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He also acknowledged there was no chance of his playing Monday against the Rockets despite having been listed as probable just hours before tipoff, and admitted he’s confused about the Nets’ contention his sore left side had nothing to do with what eventually was diagnosed as a fracture of the cartilage portion of his left 12th rib. “I’m still pretty sore. I don’t have a timetable, just taking it one day at a time,” Williams said. “There’s nothing you can do, really. They’re doing some laser and heating it up; just rest. Other than that, there’s nothing really you can do. “As of right now, no [tests are planned]. What is it? It’s fractured rib cartilage, which I didn’t know you can do. … I’m not a doctor. I have no clue.” New York Post

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