HoopsHype Deron Williams rumors

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
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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

Kushchenko’s appearances around the team have come even as he’s in the midst of preparing for next month’s Olympics in Sochi, Russia. When asked if his role within the Nets organization would grow after the Olympics, his response was short. “Let’s wait for Sochi first,” he said. His résumé within the game is an impressive one. Kushchenko spent seven years with Ural-Great, building the club from an expansion franchise in the Russian Super League to one that claimed the league championship in 2001 and 2002 — becoming the only team besides CSKA Moscow to win the Russian Super League title in the last 22 years. New York Post

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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

It would seem likely Williams wouldn’t make the trip to London, as the more prudent course of action seems to be having him stay home and get an additional week of rest and recovery time, then potentially returning to the court on Martin Luther King Day at the Garden against the Knicks. “We’ve hit a rut [before] with [Williams] not playing,” Joe Johnson said. “So the fact we’ve had a couple good games, we’re not going to get ahead of ourselves. We can’t wait for him to get back. … We definitely need him.” New York Post

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