HoopsHype Deron Williams rumors

January 30, 2014 Updates

Deron Williams chooses to remember his first 438 games with Jerry Sloan more than the last one. Nearly three years after a halftime dispute with Williams triggered Sloan’s resignation, the Jazz will raise a banner in the coach’s honor at EnergySolutions Arena during Friday’s game with Golden State. "A big part of my success early in my career was due to him and the things he kind of instilled in me," said Williams, who now plays for the Brooklyn Nets. "So I’m definitely happy for him, and it’s going to be a special moment. The fans there just love him to death." Salt Lake Tribune

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 29, 2014 Updates

Williams has come off the bench in five games since returning from treatments to his ankles, averaging 11.2 points and 8.2 assists with the Nets going 4-1. “The second group has been great. We’ll continue to look at it,” Kidd said. “But at some point we’ll have to get him back with that first group.” When Williams returns to the lineup, he’ll likely replace Alan Anderson to give the Nets a Williams-Shaun Livingston backcourt. New York Daily News

January 28, 2014 Updates

Deron Williams’ pass intended for Joe Johnson was picked off with 10.6 seconds by Patrick Patterson, who then drained the game-winning jumper with 6.0 seconds remaining to lift the Raptors to a dramatic 104-103 win in front of 15,790 inside Barclays Center Monday night, stealing what looked like a win away from the Nets. “It’s tough,” said Williams after finishing with nine points and 11 assists. “It definitely hurts. The bad thing about it is we have three days to sit and think about it, so it’s even worse. “There’s nothing I can do about it now … can’t take it back. Wish I could. That’s not my first time turning the ball over to lose the game, and it won’t be the last. I’ve just got to respond on Friday [against Oklahoma City].” New York Post

January 26, 2014 Updates

In his third game coming off the bench Friday night, Williams had 18 points -- 14 in the second half -- and 11 assists to just one turnover in 35 minutes. “I felt pretty good,” said Williams, who has dealt with ankle injuries all season. “I’m getting a rhythm back and trying to get healthy and get back to playing like I’m capable.” ESPN.com

January 23, 2014 Updates

Despite being selected for Team USA's 28-player pool over the next three summers, Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will not play in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain. "I think it'd be tough, given what's going on the last two years for me, to play this summer," Williams said. "I would love to, but you just gotta see how it goes, you know?" ESPN.com

ESPN.com has obtained a copy of the complete 28-man list from which Colangelo and Krzyzewski will choose 12-man rosters for both the World Cup which starts in late August and the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. The other national-team veterans to make the cut alongside James, Paul, Anthony, Rose and Westbrook are Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, James Harden, Dwight Howard, Stephen Curry, Deron Williams, Tyson Chandler, Andre Iguodala and Anthony Davis. ESPN.com

January 22, 2014 Updates
January 21, 2014 Updates

Returning to a surging team following a five-game absence, Williams said he initiated the conversation with Jason Kidd about coming off the bench, explaining that he didn’t want to upset the applecart. “Just because we’ve playing so well with that lineup, why shake things up?” said Williams. “It doesn’t matter if I start, whatever. The way Joe (Johnson) has been playing in the first quarters and the first half, I didn’t want to disrupt that.” New York Daily News

An introspective Williams then revealed he has been dealing with confidence issues amid continuous issues with his ankles. “It has been big (to have support from teammates),” said Williams, who has missed 16 games because of multiple ankle sprains and treatments, posting his worst numbers since his rookie season. “They have had more confidence in me than I’ve had in myself. It’s just frustrating. It has been tough to be out there. To start off the season I wasn’t 100%, not even close. It seemed like I was starting to get my legs under me and get the ankle sprained and then the other ankle sprain and it has kind of been like, injury after injury and I felt like I’m getting my groove back a little bit and I have to go out again. So it’s been tough, sitting out and not getting a rhythm. It has been tough.” New York Daily News

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In recent months, however, it appears the dynamics have begun to shift, with Sergei Kushchenko — a longtime Prokhorov associate and his top sports advisor — gradually becoming a bigger presence around the franchise. Meanwhile, Dmitry Razumov — the CEO of ONEXIM Group, Prokhorov’s investment vehicle — has receded into the background. Up until now, Prokhorov’s point man with regards to the Nets had been Razumov. Whenever the Nets had a big decision to make, Razumov always was involved. He was often cited by the front office for his role in various moves, including helping convince Deron Williams to re-sign with the team in July 2012. New York Post

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