HoopsHype Derrick Williams rumors

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Jason Jones: FYI: Derrick Williams was very receptive to playing in summer league. Realizes this is a big season for him and he has a lot to prove. Twitter @mr_jasonjones

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How would you describe your transition to Sacramento? Derrick Williams: “It’s good! I finally moved into my house a few weeks ago. When you get traded on the spot, you have 48 hours and then you start playing. So the first week was really hectic, but since then it’s been good.” How are you working to improve the consistency of your game? “Staying after practice and working out with the other younger guys. We’re always trying to get extra work in, and to be the last ones to leave.” NBA.com

January 4, 2014 Updates

Just seven games into Williams’ tenure with the Kings, general manager Pete D’Alessandro pulled off a blockbuster seven-man deal that brought Rudy Gay to Sacramento. Williams is now back on the bench and struggling to find his way. “Derrick has probably been effected the most with Rudy coming,” coach Michael Malone said during pre game on Thursday. “It’s been a little tough on Derrick,” Malone added. “But I know he’s going to keep on competing and playing hard for us.” Cowbell Kingdom

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Q: So you have to be happy about the early returns on the Derrick Williams trade. He’s athletic, and his overall game looked pretty good in game number one. Pete D'Alessandro: After one game, we feel the way we felt when we did the trade. The one thing about once you make a trade, is it’s more about getting to know the person. You know what you see on the floor, you know what you understand as someone’s potential, but now you get to meet the person. And a big part of, I think, becoming good or great, is about who you are. You see it in a lot of players and it’s been a pleasure getting to know him. Cowbell Kingdom

November 30, 2013 Updates

SacKings' thoughts on Derrick Williams debut: Michael Malone: "I thought he was terrific. Right away, I said that he's a guy that brings great athleticism and versatility. We had great plays and transitions, we got out and ran. We had some plays at the rim and he was a big part of that. He's only going to get better as he gets his feet set and gets more comfortable." Sulia

November 27, 2013 Updates

That said, Love admitted that making a personnel change during the season can be difficult. “It’s pretty tough,” Love said. “I would say it would be a little bit more tough had D-Will been a starter or something, playing 25-, 30-plus minutes a night. But it’s always tough losing somebody. I really enjoyed having D-Will around. And, like I mentioned, Sacramento will enjoy him. But having Luc, he’ll come in and fit in immediately.’’ Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Sacramento represents a fresh start for Williams, who was born in La Mirada in Southern California. He's happy to leave behind the freezing temperatures for a warmer, west coast climate and he said he's ready to reinvent himself, to show people why he was worthy of that high draft pick. "That's how I got to the NBA, just proving people wrong," Williams said. "(Minnesota was) just a bad fit for myself with the situation I was in, but I'm here to prove people wrong. I've been at the bottom, everybody knows that, and there's only one way up." news10.net

The 22-year-old Williams flew into San Francisco, before completing his physical and meeting Kings owner Vivek Ranadive during a private dinner. He then made his way over to the team's practice facility in Sacramento, where he spoke about the trade publicly for the first time as a King. "It feels good, it's a new beginning," Williams said. "It's a new start for myself, and the team. I really feel like I can help this team out." news10.net

"I just tell people, just get me on the court, I'm going to do good things," said Williams. "Playing behind Kevin Love, it's tough. Not many people can out play him and he's one of the best players in the world." news10.net

November 26, 2013 Updates

“You’re always talking with your staff and evaluating the league to see what opportunities may be out there,” D’Alessandro said in a phone interview. “Early in the year, it became clear that we may have an opportunity to acquire Derrick. We did a lot of work and spent a lot of time doing background and research. His talent, we’ve seen that going back to his time at Arizona. We hope this is a fresh start for him. We feel this is a great environment for him to come here and get that fresh start.” HoopsWorld

Flip said contrary to popular opinion on Twitter, Adelman actually likes Derrick and think he'll be a good player in this league. Said he doesn't hate him. Implied, though, that Derrick never won Adelman's trust and team needs to find bench guys Adelman can trust to play more to relieve stress on the starters. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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