HoopsHype Deron Williams rumors

January 5, 2015 Updates
January 2, 2015 Updates

The lineup with Brook Lopez and Deron Williams coming off the bench is the Nets’ starting alignment and Lionel Hollins is sticking to it. “That’s the way we’ve been going and we’re gonna continue to go that way,” Hollins said of his first five expected against the Magic Friday in Orlando. New York Post

January 1, 2015 Updates

“It’s not a demotion. It really isn’t,” Hollins said during a portion of his answer. “They’re still part of the team. Neither one of them got cut. They both go to the game every day and get paid every two weeks -- and they get paid handsomely. I just think it’s basketball and today’s society gets into, ‘Well, he’s a max player so he’s supposed to get all the minutes and get all the shots. Nobody else can shoot the ball. He shouldn’t even play defense. He shouldn’t even do anything but what he’s good at.’ I think basketball has always been a five-man group balanced, playing together, everybody contributing on offense. ESPN.com

December 30, 2014 Updates

Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins says he has no intention of changing his starting lineup -- even if it means max players Deron Williams and Brook Lopez continue coming off the bench. "This is the Brooklyn Nets," Hollins said defiantly after his team's 107-99 win over the Sacramento Kings Monday night at Barclays Center. "Yes, they were starters, but they've been in and out of the lineup. And if you note, while they were out we started playing better and winning, so why would I go back and change the lineup for now?" ESPN.com

"We're winning, man, so that's all that matters," Williams said. "We have team guys, we're not selfish, we're not bigger than the team. That first group is definitely rocking right now, so let them rock." "It's not that different," Lopez said of playing a reserve role. "I just try to come in and be the same player that I always am." Williams ($19.8 million) and Lopez ($15.7 million) rank in the top 20 among the NBA's highest-paid players. ESPN.com

December 28, 2014 Updates
December 26, 2014 Updates

Mike Mazzeo: To be clear, Deron wasn't saying a trade is going to happen. (It could). He just said he doesn't want to talk about it unless it does. Twitter @MazzESPN

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams says he's comfortable coming off the bench as long as the team's starters keep playing well. "I'm all for the team. It doesn't really matter to me," said Williams, who came off the bench in Friday afternoon's 109-107 victory over the Boston Celtics following a two-game absence due to a strained right calf and had eight points, four assists and four rebounds in 21 minutes. "I'm still trying to get my rhythm back and obviously I'm on a minutes restriction right now, so I'm all for it." ESPN.com

December 24, 2014 Updates

After the teams' front office officials again talked on Wednesday, both sides insisted they weren't budging on Plumlee's inclusion into a proposed trade and agreed there was no use discussing the deal further in the near future, league sources said. "Talks aren't dead, but nothing's going to happen with Plumlee involved," a league source told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

With trade rumors surrounding Brooklyn‘s three highest-paid players, a source told the Daily News that Williams is most likely to be dealt. Talks with the Kings have dated back to last season, and Sacramento remains a possibility. Even though negotiations have cooled, “they’re never done,” a source said. New York Daily News

Nets officials are confident they can move Williams and Lopez, retool around Johnson and stay in the playoff hunt in a weak Eastern Conference. Come 2016, Johnson would be off the books, too, leaving the Nets with a bundle of cap room to pursue Kevin Durant, Joakim Noah, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond or Al Horford among others in a stacked free-agent class. Bleacher Report

December 23, 2014 Updates

Talks between the Sacramento Kings and Brooklyn Nets about a trade involving Nets star Deron Williams have cooled, according to league sources. Sacramento had recently initiated talks with the Nets, proposing a deal for Williams and second-year forward Mason Plumlee, who was actually the Kings' main target, sources said. With Plumlee struggling and clashing a bit with new Nets coach Lionel Hollins over the first month of the season, the Kings were hoping he might be available. To compel the Nets into moving Plumlee, they considered taking on Williams, whose contract and history of injuries has scared off many clubs. ESPN.com

Brooklyn, however, has no intention of moving Plumlee, who has surged to average 18 points and 10.2 rebounds over the past six games. With no chance of getting Plumlee, the Kings backed away from Williams. ESPN.com

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