HoopsHype Deron Williams rumors

December 26, 2013 Updates

After the game, players are downtrodden and frustrated. They try, in vain, to explain why their level of effort is wildly inconsistent. "We're trying to stay as positive as possible," Williams said. "We've talked about a lot of stuff. There's no finger-pointing going on. It's not one guy. It's not two guys. It's a team effort, and so, we're trying to figure it out and hopefully we can." After the game, players are downtrodden and frustrated. They try, in vain, to explain why their level of effort is wildly inconsistent. "We're trying to stay as positive as possible," Williams said. "We've talked about a lot of stuff. There's no finger-pointing going on. It's not one guy. It's not two guys. It's a team effort, and so, we're trying to figure it out and hopefully we can." Bergen Record

December 25, 2013 Updates

It was a noble experiment. It also didn’t work, we now know, and so the Nets have just three-plus months left this season to salvage a playoff spot and save face somehow. More likely, Billy King will start looking to blow up the roster sooner than that. “It’s like a nightmare,” Deron Williams said. “The way the injuries have been and the things we talk about every day: the lack of energy, the lack of effort. I didn’t see that being a problem when we put this team together.” New York Daily News

The Nets entered this season with championship dreams, but as Brooklyn's $98 million point guard put it, the 2013-14 campaign has quickly turned into a "nightmare." "I'm even surprised with this season, how it's played out. It's like a nightmare. The way the injuries have been and the things we talk about every day: the lack of energy, the lack of effort. I didn't see that being a problem when we put this team together," Williams said after the Nets were blown out on Christmas 95-78 by the Chicago Bulls Wednesday afternoon at Barclays Center. ESPN.com

December 24, 2013 Updates

“I need to play better,” Williams said, adding that he was fine after appearing to tweak his left ankle — the one that’s already cost him 11 games this season — shortly before exiting the game for good in the fourth quarter. “I need to be more aggressive for us to have a chance, especially with Brook going down. “That’s what I talked about, stepping up, and so tonight was just a bad game for me. [I was] throwing the ball all over the place [and] couldn’t hit a shot, so it took my aggressiveness away and I think I played into what they were trying to do.” New York Post

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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

December 17, 2013 Updates

“Lawrence was always kind of the defensive guy, so he was talking on defense and he was definitely long-winded when it came to teaching, so I definitely think it’s helped,’’ Deron Williams said. “We’re a veteran group, we get things pretty easily. So at times when you’re just talking and we’re not practicing, it gets a little lengthy. But I think J-Kidd does a good job of getting his points across quick and easy and then we move on.’’ New York Post

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In the midst of so much bad news, the Nets continue to get positive feedback about the potential return of Deron Williams from his sprained left ankle. The star point guard, who sat out of his ninth straight game and his 11th in the Nets’ last 12 as the Nets topped the Bucks, 90-82 Saturday night, worked out after the team’s morning shootaround and remains on track, barring a setback, to return to the lineup Tuesday in Brooklyn against the Celtics. “From what I understand I guess he’s still on track to do that,” coach Jason Kidd said. New York Post

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Deron Williams didn’t make the trip because of his own sprained left ankle. The point guard will be reevaluated on Monday, meaning he’ll also miss Saturday’s game in Memphis. By then, Williams will have sat six straight games, and eight overall after resting all of training camp and most of the preseason with a sprain to his other ankle. With the injuries to the younger and important Nets, Garnett and Paul Pierce have been asked to shoulder a larger load than anticipated. They’ve failed to rise to the challenge, combining to shoot 37% heading into Houston. New York Daily News

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