HoopsHype Deron Williams + Trade rumors

January 23, 2013 Updates

“(Lopez and I) talked about it last night,” Williams said. “All it is is rumors and sources. Sources are not credible to me. Until you put a name to a source, it’s not credible. “I’d be really surprised if Lopez doesn’t make (the All-Star reserves, which will be announced tomorrow). I don’t know how you could leave Brook off. What he’s meant to this team on both sides of the floor. He’s been the most consistent throughout this season. I think he’s an All-Star. …I think in general he just came in with a chip on his shoulders, being in thrown around in trade rumors for the last two years and being hurt last year and people doubting him, so I think he definitely came in ready to go this year and really confident. Hopefully people are taking notice.” New York Daily News

November 19, 2012 Updates

Howard reportedly talked with Nets point guard Deron Williams about teaming up and making a fresh start together when the franchise moved to Brooklyn before the team re- signed Brook Lopez and traded for Joe Johnson, but Howard had little interest in talking about Williams now that they are opponents. "That’s my decision," Howard said. "My life. If he’s upset because I made a decision for me, then so be it. If he doesn’t want to be friends because I’m on another team, then so be it. There’s no need to smooth things over." ESPN.com

Nor does he see life without Howard at his side being so bad. Plan B has been a good one so far for Williams and the Nets, who landed veteran shooting guard Joe Johnson from the Atlanta Hawks as part of the sales pitch that convinced Williams to re-sign on a five-year, $98 million maximum contract days later -- and made Howard an afterthought. "I'm happy for him," Williams said of Howard. "It looks like he's having fun out there in LA. I know it's a lot off his plate now -- although I guess he still has to hear (the free-agency chatter) because he hasn't said if he'll re-sign (with the Lakers this summer). But he's got a home now. I think he's happy there and I wish him the best of luck." USA Today

November 11, 2012 Updates

The Nets didn’t trade for Gerald Wallace because of how they could match up with the Heat or because they figured he could guard James, although that’s how GM Billy King is busy spinning it now. Nets insiders vividly recall that Wallace was imported from Portland because “we got burned by Dwight Howard,” according to one team source, “and we were hoping that getting Wallace would help keep Deron Williams around.” Back then, it was all about keeping Williams from bolting to the Mavs. The Heat/James angle wasn’t a big consideration. New York Daily News

November 4, 2012 Updates
October 2, 2012 Updates

"I think players will still want to move, but I think how teams handle it could change," King says. "[Utah president] Kevin [O'Connor] made the decision to move [Williams] before [Williams] got frustrated and wanted out. When teams know they can't keep a guy, I think you're going to see them get ahead of it like [the Jazz] did. You'll see that more often. Hey, I wanted to move Allen sooner in Philadelphia than we did. I had a deal with Denver before that [2006-07] season, but their team was negotiating a sale so they couldn't do anything. "I saw it coming with Allen," King says. "I wanted to get ahead of it and move him before it ended badly." Yahoo! Sports

August 11, 2012 Updates

Deron Williams had checked out of the Dwight Howard rumors after Team USA’s Las Vegas training camp. Honestly. Too many twists and turns. So when he woke up Friday and found out Howard was headed to the Lakers, his disappointment was only marginal. “We went down that road,’’ the Nets' franchise player said after Team USA made it to the gold-medal game by trouncing Argentina Friday night. “Mentally I wasn’t in the Dwight sweepstakes anymore. It just got kind of old. I’m happy for him. I know he wanted to get out of Orlando. He did that and he’s going to a great franchise and I wish him the best of luck.’’ New York Post

July 16, 2012 Updates
July 13, 2012 Updates

After the Nets officially put together virtually an entire new roster Wednesday, owner Mikhail Prokhorov issued a statement yesterday praising his management team of general manager Billy King, assistant GM Bobby Marks and Johnson on the work they’ve put in over the past two weeks. “I’m thrilled with the way our team has come together,” Prokhorov said in the statement. “My congratulations and appreciation go out to general manager Billy King, assistant general manager Bobby Marks and head coach Avery Johnson for their tenacity, nerve and heart throughout this process. With the re-signing of Deron Williams and the trade for Joe Johnson, we go into our new home led by an All-Star backcourt and with every hope of a great season for the Brooklyn Nets. I can’t wait until opening night.” New York Post

July 10, 2012 Updates

Although the Lakers' acquisition of Steve Nash has made the Lakers instantly more appealing to Howard, sources say the pairing of the 38 -year-old point guard with 33-year-old Kobe Bryant hasn't sold Howard that joining the Lakers would provide more than a fleeting window to win a title. Howard has long preferred joining 28-year-old point guard Deron Williams with the Nets, who also have added All-Star Joe Johnson to the mix in a trade with Atlanta. CBSSports.com

Deal or no deal, a seismic shift has already occurred. Other than Stephon Marbury — who simply wanted to be closer to home — no N.B.A. star ever demanded a trade to East Rutherford. Elite players now view the Nets as legitimate, and Brooklyn as desirable — on par with the glamour teams in Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and, yes, Manhattan. “Brooklyn is going to be huge,” Williams, a member of the United States national team, said before Monday’s practice at U.N.L.V. “It definitely factored into my decision, starting a franchise in a place that hasn’t had a franchise since the ’50s, a city that wants basketball there.” For more than 10 minutes, Williams entertained questions about the prospect of joining forces with Howard, his close friend, whom he called “one of the top five players in the world.” He spoke in cautious but hopeful tones, saying: “I think we’ll have a good team without him. I think we’ll have an ever better team with him.” New York Times

"That's why I'm not really concerning myself with it," Williams said. "This whole scenario already happened in February. Of course I'm going to welcome that trade. If it doesn't happen, I think we have a great group. I think Brook is a great player. I think he can be a special player, too, especially with the right players around him." Newsday

July 9, 2012 Updates
July 7, 2012 Updates

In a startling revelation, Williams said after the U.S. Olympic Team’s first day of training camp the Mavericks were his choice until Nets general manager Billy King pulled off the Joe Johnson heist in the opening days of free agency. “I was really close to going to Dallas,’’ Williams said Friday in his first remarks since agreeing to terms with Brooklyn on Tuesday. “I actually thought that’s where I was going to go. Then I had the meetings [with Dallas and Nets] and changed my mind. After I got out of the meeting with Dallas, saw the team they were going to have and putting out there and we just made the trade for Joe Johnson, I felt that team [the Nets] for a longer time would be the better team.’’ “I still flip-flopped a couple of times,’’ Williams added. New York Post

Williams said he never misled the Nets into thinking Brooklyn was the favorite. “I didn’t give them any indication I was going to re-sign there,’’ Williams said. “I always told them I wanted to be a free agent and explore my options. Instead of having a situation like Dwight and Carmelo and Chris Paul, he got assets for me, got some good players. We got some assets for me. [King] is a good GM and did a great job.’’ Asked about the Nets’ chase of Howard, Williams said, “I’m just worried about winning a gold medal. It’s all rumors and hearsay.’’ New York Post

July 6, 2012 Updates

But that was before Billy King traded for Joe Johnson - a deal completed just hours before the Nets met with Williams for their final free agency pitch - and Williams said that pushed him toward Brooklyn. "I was really close to going to Dallas," Williams said at Team USA training camp. "I actually thought that's where I was going to go. I had the meetings and it kind of changed my mind because once I got out of the meeting with Dallas and saw the way they way were going and the team they were putting out there and I saw that we just made a trade for Joe Johnson and I felt like that team for a longer time would be the better team. "Joe got me over the hump," Williams continued. "I've never played with anybody like him, a guy on the wing that can get his own shot and also get me involved and is a great defender. We could one of the top backcourts in the NBA for sure." New York Daily News

July 3, 2012 Updates

King knew he couldn't go marching into Brooklyn with Johnson as his biggest star. He knew he had to bring back Williams, and that Prokhorov would've made a move for his job -- sooner rather than later -- if he didn't. "If it went the other way Billy and the whole organization would've been killed," said one league source with knowledge of King's talks with Williams. "The easy thing would've been to call around and trade Deron during the season, trade him to the Lakers for (Pau) Gasol and just say, 'With the ship sinking let's try to save as many people as possible.' "But instead Billy pushed all his cards to the middle of the table, and it took a lot of (guts) to do that. I don't know if I would've been able to do it if I were him." ESPN.com

July 2, 2012 Updates

The Nets remain very much in the hunt for Dwight Howard — even after agreeing to the outline of a trade that will bring Joe Johnson to Brooklyn. The goal is to have a Big Three of Deron Williams, Dwight Howard and Johnson, and it remains doable if the Magic are willing to play ball. SheridanHoops

Hennigan said on Monday that Howard reiterated a trade request last Friday when the two met in Los Angeles. Specifically, Howard asked to be traded to the Brooklyn Nets where he could play in the New York City market and team with close friend Deron Williams. Hennigan, who was hired by the Magic on June 21, described the talks with Howard (privately) and with his agent, Dan Fegan, as ``engaging and polite’’ and ``emotion neutral,’’ but he made no promises as what direction Orlando would go in the coming days and weeks. ``As I told Dwight, `I don’t know, I need to think about what you are telling me. I want to take some time and think about everything,’’’ Hennigan said of the talks. ``We’re going to continue to map out what we feel is in the best interests of our team. Any decision that we decide to go forward with will be one that we feel puts our team in a position to be successful.’’ NBA.com

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