HoopsHype Deron Williams rumors

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A high-level Brooklyn Nets official told The Brooklyn Game that a report that Deron Williams wanted out of Brooklyn "came out of left field" and that Williams has not requested a trade, but acknowledged that Williams has struggled with the burden of expectation since joining the Nets. "He's frustrated," the source told The Brooklyn Game. "He's not happy with himself. He's not up to his standards in the three years since we got him." The Brooklyn Game

The original report from HoopsCritic alleged a falling-out between Williams and Nets management, particularly Nets general manager Billy King. But the Nets have not seriously explored the market for Williams -- yet, according to a source. They were reportedly offered Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik for Williams by the Houston Rockets this season and rejected the deal, and haven't explored what the market for him this offseason would be with the season just recently ended. The Brooklyn Game

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There is an alternative, sources say, the Nets will not rule out: They could look to trade Williams this summer, retool around Johnson and Lopez, squeeze one more run out of Pierce and Garnett and hope for the best. Bleacher Report

No matter how many tens of millions they spend, no matter how many flashy trades they make, the Nets will never be a serious contender unless Williams regains his All-Star form. "Deron's the X-factor," said one Nets official. "More than anybody." Bleacher Report

As the Nets sulked off the court, LeBron James leapt onto the scorer’s table and thumped his chest to celebrate Miami’s fourth straight trip to the conference finals. “We worked hard in the off-season, all season long, and now it’s over,” said Nets point guard Deron Williams, who contributed 17 points and 4 assists. “It’s definitely tough to swallow right now.” New York Times

May 11, 2014 Updates

So when asked about Williams, Garnett shared just exactly what he told -- and thought -- of his point guard. "He showed a lot of character, a lot of grit," Garnett told reporters Saturday night following Game 3. "i thought he led us and he got guys easy shots. We're going to need that. It's huge. I told him after Game 2, you're not going to play great every night, but you bring so many different dimensions to the game, so lean on that. What about Williams's confidence? "I try to be a confident teammate for him, give him confidence and fuel him, and just let him know that it's not the end of the world, not to be hard on yourself." The Brooklyn Game

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Williams missed all nine of his shots and went scoreless Thursday night as the Nets were downed by the Heat 94-82 and fell behind 2-0 in this best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal to the two-time defending champions. “I was aggressive, I got to the paint,” Williams said. “I just didn’t hit any shots. I’ll still do the same thing as far as when I’m doubled — make the right pass, get into the lane, attack in transition. I just couldn’t buy a bucket and didn’t get to the free-throw line either. “I’ll definitely be thinking about it.” New York Post

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He responded with 23 points in this 97-83 Nets victory, setting a spirited tone early by speaking with the kind of body language he doesn't always apply. Williams had an urgent bounce to him, and he severely outplayed his more consistently passionate nemesis, Kyle Lowry, to send this series to Sunday's Game 7 in Toronto. "He stood up to what was said," Kidd said of the pregame criticism his point guard faced, "and responded with one of his best games." "I needed to be more aggressive after the last two losses," Williams said. "I know what my team needs me to do, and I wanted to come out early and do that." ESPN.com

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Instead, after the Nets saw their massive fourth quarter comeback come up short and lose 115-113 to the Raptors in front of a sellout crowd of 20,393 inside Air Canada Centre Wednesday, they are faced with the reality of a 3-2 deficit in this best-of-seven series, and the potential for a second straight playoff exit on their home floor if they fail to win Game 6 on Friday in Brooklyn. “We have to,” said Deron Williams when asked if the Nets could save their season and get two straight wins. “We understand what the task is, and we feel like we’re up to it.” New York Post

April 19, 2014 Updates

The regular season is in the books and the Nets are ready to start their expedition to a championship for the second straight year. Through all the agony and doubt in the early season due to poor play, to the rejuvenation of this Nets team in the year 2014, we've finally made it to game one of the NBA playoffs. Who better to play in the first round, than the Atlantic Division-champions, Toronto Raptors. The Nets began this best of seven series, Saturday afternoon against the Toronto Raptors, winning 94-87, in a tightly contested battle the entire way. The game was tied in the fourth quarter, but on the backs of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and some big shots from Paul Pierce, the Nets notched a huge road victory. NetsDaily

April 15, 2014 Updates

The Nets still don’t know if they’ll open the playoffs this weekend in Chicago or Toronto, but they understand that they will have the entire postseason spotlight for themselves, as Phil Jackson goes about the business of hiring a coach for the Knicks. So this might be the perfect time for the Nets, who host the Knicks at Barclays Center on Tuesday night, to add to their fan base. “I think it will be good for us to be the only team playing and all of the focus being on us, as far as the fans are concerned,’’ Deron Williams said. “I think that’s good for Brooklyn basketball and I think it’s good for our brand.” New York Daily News

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