HoopsHype Deron Williams rumors

January 21, 2014 Updates

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

January 9, 2014 Updates

Shaun Livingston appears to have learned from filling in for Williams earlier this season, playing his second straight strong game in the Williams’ absence. And while Williams sat out Monday and got a cortisone shot and platelet-rich plasma injections in both ankles Tuesday, Brooklyn’s team doctor doesn’t expect him to need surgery or miss much time. “I can’t divulge a ton, obviously, but what I can say about Deron is that he’s a worker. And I just think — as with our other player, Brook Lopez — has just suffered a little bit of bad luck in regard to his ankles,’’ Dr. Riley Williams said on SiriusXM NBA Radio. “What I can say is that I don’t think there’s anything going on with him that’s a serious issue over the long-term, and the guy wants to play. New York Post

January 8, 2014 Updates

Even with all the consistent ankle problems to Deron Williams, the team doctor believes the latest setback is just something that will clear up by itself and doesn’t require a “serious procedure” to rectify the problem. Williams, who will miss today’s game against the Warriors after undergoing cortisone and PRP injections to both ankles, has sprained his left ankle three times this season. Since last season, he has undergone at least four rounds of cortisone shots to his ankles and two rounds of PRP procedures. New York Daily News

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Deron Williams, whose last two seasons have been affected by various ankle injuries, is a game-time decision for tonight’s match up against the Hawks after he woke up with a sore left ankle, according to coach Jason Kidd. Williams, according to Kidd, contacted the medical staff because of the ankle soreness and was referred to the doctor. He missed Monday morning's shootaround. “It's just a precaution, to make sure everything's all right." said Kidd. New York Daily News

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