HoopsHype Deron Williams + Trade rumors

December 10, 2014 Updates

Deron Williams isn’t sweating over his name popping up in trade rumors. “I’m not worried about it, man,” Williams said with a smile Wednesday morning following the Nets’ morning shootaround at the Moody Bible Institute ahead of their game against the Bulls. “I’m a Net until they tell me otherwise. “It is what it is. It’s a business, so stuff like [trade rumors] happens. … I don’t see any problem [dealing with it]. Brook [Lopez] has dealt with it, so I don’t see it being a problem for him, and I don’t think Joe [Johnson is] too worried about it.” New York Post

Since the start of the season, players and new coach Lionel Hollins have said they expect to be better once the season stretches into January and February, when they’ve had some time to gel. Williams said there is still a feeling in the locker room that things will work out. “We have that belief anyways, whether that story comes out or not,” Williams said. “No matter what’s being written or whatever, I’m still here. I’m still a Net. My priority is to play for this organization.” New York Post

December 9, 2014 Updates

The Nets have initiated exploratory talks around the league to gauge interest on their biggest stars, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson, NBA sources confirmed. “When you are 8-11, you look at all possible options,” one league source said. “[The Nets] have explored all options at this time, which [they] are supposed to do,” another source claimed. New York Post

So, the Nets are 8-11 as they head into Chicago – with Lopez (back) and Johnson (flu) listed as out for Wednesday’s game. So they are looking at options, which is standard operating procedure for any and all teams. Sources maintained there is nothing imminent on the trade front. “After the last stretch,” one opposing executive said, “they have been very active in calling around. I think they are ready to deal but I haven’t heard of anything that’s is close to being done.” New York Post

Marc Stein: Story going online now co-scribed with @NotoriousOHM: ESPN sources say Nets have made D-Will, Brook Lopez & Joe Johnson available via trade. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

December 1, 2014 Updates
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

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