HoopsHype Deron Williams + Trade rumors

May 16, 2014 Updates

A high-level Brooklyn Nets official told The Brooklyn Game that a report that Deron Williams wanted out of Brooklyn "came out of left field" and that Williams has not requested a trade, but acknowledged that Williams has struggled with the burden of expectation since joining the Nets. "He's frustrated," the source told The Brooklyn Game. "He's not happy with himself. He's not up to his standards in the three years since we got him." The Brooklyn Game

The original report from HoopsCritic alleged a falling-out between Williams and Nets management, particularly Nets general manager Billy King. But the Nets have not seriously explored the market for Williams -- yet, according to a source. They were reportedly offered Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik for Williams by the Houston Rockets this season and rejected the deal, and haven't explored what the market for him this offseason would be with the season just recently ended. The Brooklyn Game

May 15, 2014 Updates

There is an alternative, sources say, the Nets will not rule out: They could look to trade Williams this summer, retool around Johnson and Lopez, squeeze one more run out of Pierce and Garnett and hope for the best. Bleacher Report

February 7, 2014 Updates

The NBA trade deadline is just two weeks away -- officially, February 20 at 3:00 PM EST -- and while the Brooklyn Nets are underachieving, at 22-25 on the season, good for 7th in the Eastern Conference, point guard Deron Williams doesn't seem to think that this team will make a trade at the deadline. "I don't see us making any moves," he said when asked about whether or not he'd like to see this team keep its core together for the rest of the season. Williams then went on to add, "last time I said that, I think, I got traded," laughing and adding, "that's the quote for the day." NetsDaily

January 30, 2014 Updates

The Nets are pretty much the opposite. Williams, the Nets’ biggest free agent signing since Vince Carter in 2007, has a unique perspective into the big market-small market debate, having played most of his career in Utah. “To me, it really wasn’t big market or small market. It was kind of my options (when I was a free agent). I got traded here. I don’t know if I would’ve looked here if I wasn’t traded here,” Williams told the Daily News. “For someone like (Durant), I think it makes a bigger difference because of the endorsements he’d command in a market like this. I mean, look at what he’s already doing in Oklahoma City. But at the same time, maybe he’s such a big name that it doesn’t matter where he’s at. If LeBron would’ve stayed in Cleveland, he still gets $150 (million) from Nike.” New York Daily News

Williams said the hardest part of playing for the Jazz was attracting free agents, although he noted that might be an issue exclusive to Utah. The Thunder drafted so well that it has to worry more about affording its own free agents, which is why OKC traded James Harden to the Rockets. “It’s hard to get free agents to come (to Utah) and play. ... People get a bad perception of Salt Lake City,” he said. “That’s what I was talking about. It’s not so much the size of the market. It’s the perception which is like, ‘Mormon, no fun.’” New York Daily News

January 10, 2014 Updates

Among the interesting tidbits floating around the D-League Showcase in Reno, Nev., this week involved the possibility of the Rockets pairing Dwight Howard with Deron Williams in Houston -- an arrangement that now seems farfetched if not impossible. Remember that the thrust of the Nets' multiple attempts to acquire Howard in a trade two seasons ago was to team him up with Williams, who the franchise was trying to re-sign. Both players were on board with teaming up, but the Nets were never able to satisfy Orlando's trade demands. Howard, of course, wound up getting dealt to the Lakers and famously bolted LA for the Rockets as a free agent this past summer. CBSSports.com

But the subject of a Dwight-Deron duo was broached again in recent weeks, with the Rockets and Nets briefly delving into the particulars of a deal that would've sent Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin to the Nets for Williams. It made sense on many levels. The Nets would've gotten an insurance policy at center for the often-injured Brook Lopez (who has since been injured again and is out for the year). The Rockets would've solved their own center problem, as Asik doesn't want to remain in Houston. They've been trying to get off the Lin contract, and the Nets are one team that wouldn't mind his $15 million balloon payment next season. All the better to stick it to the Knicks. CBSSports.com

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According to a league source, the Rockets had preliminary talks with the Nets last week about Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin. Talks never gained any steam, but the source said the Rockets were doing their due diligence and Williams' name came up. The Nets balked because one of the main reasons Pierce and Garnett agreed to a trade to Brooklyn was to play with Williams, according to the source. Williams, who signed a five-year, $98 million extension in 2012, was playing well upon returning from an ankle injury, and the Nets were looking better. ESPN.com

September 7, 2013 Updates

In a conversation with Bill Simmons, Danny Ainge talks about the trade that sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry to the Nets, saying that a number of factors helped get the deal done, not the least of which was the "connection" Pierce has with Deron Williams and Jason Kidd: they share Jeff Schwartz as an agent. Ainge thinks the Schwartz connection was a big motivator for Pierce who in turn helped KG decide to give up his no-trade clause and join him in Brooklyn (although Ainge, from habit, referred to New Jersey as the Nets home.) "I also think that Paul has a connection with having the same agent as Deron Williams and Jason Kidd," said the Celtics GM. "I think probably there was some discussion going on there. I don't know that for sure, but my guess is that they had some conversation about it, that Paul was the one that talked KG into wanting to do the deal or letting go of his no-trade clause to make the deal happen and that took some convincing." NetsDaily

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Lopez is having the best season of his career, blossoming into an aggressive defender and an All-Star candidate. The Nets are a lot happier with having Lopez over Howard – who has become a running joke amongst players – than they were last season. “We’re happy with Brook,” Williams said. “Brook is our center. He’s having an All-Star year. I don’t see Brook going anywhere.” New York Daily News

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