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Deron Williams' list: Nets, Knicks, Mavs, Lakers?

Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:46 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2012 6:05 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver deron-williams-nets

The New Jersey Nets are 4-11 and going nowhere fast, so there's no choice but to open the floodgates to reports of All-Star point guard Deron Williams' future. reports that Williams, who can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer, has a list of four teams in mind.
Deron Williams' first choice is to stay with the Nets and to build something special in Brooklyn, but if it doesn't work out with his current team, his short list of desirable destinations includes the Mavericks, the Knicks and the Lakers, according to sources close to the situation.

Williams has publicly stated his desire to re-sign with the Nets, and New Jersey, which views him as a building block for next season's move to Brooklyn, has refused to entertain potential trades involving Williams. Yet both sides know their future together is tied to Dwight Howard.

If the Nets are able to obtain Howard, either through a trade before the March 15 deadline or in free agency this summer, Williams will re-sign. If Howard goes elsewhere, Williams is likely to leave New Jersey, according to the sources.
Ken Berger of has reported that the Mavericks are a major player in the D-Will sweepstakes.
Let's take a quick. look at Williams' four preferred destinations, ranking each on a scale of 1-10 for how badly they need Williams (one being not at all, 10 being desperately).

Dallas Mavericks (6): The NBA's oldest team needs an injection of youth and top-flight star talent. Franchise forward Dirk Nowitzki had dealt with a nagging knee injury this year and his production has taken a hit. The ageless Jason Kidd is less than a year removed from a championship, but he's 38 years old and in the final year of his contract. The Mavericks could potentially have laods of salary coming off their books this summer and the best players they have under contract going forward are Nowitzki, Shawn Marion, Rodrigue Beaubois and, potentially, Lamar Odom. Williams is the kind of veteran point guard who can get the most out of the mixed-and-matched parts Mavericks owner Mark Cuban always seems to assemble. Given the 2011 rings that are already in hand, landing Williams would amount to a coup rather than a franchise-defining turn of events. If he goes elsewhere, there won't be crying in the streets. 

Los Angeles Lakers (9): Like the Mavericks, the Lakers are aging and need a longer-term answer at the point guard position. But there's an added urgency, as Lakers guard Kobe Bryant approaches the twilight of his career and continues his quest for six rings to match Michael Jordan. Bryant needs a point guard who can create his own offense and make Bryant's life easier. That point guard should have been Chris Paul, but we all know NBA commissioner David Stern stepped in on that one. Williams could be that guy, too. Williams and Bryant were both members of the 2008 Olympics Gold Medal-winning team and they share a desire to win immediately.

New York Knicks (10): The Knicks are underperforming to start the 2011-2012 season, starting 6-8, and should make a push before all is said and done. But the notion that one of the league's most stacked frontcourts could make up for arguably the league's most barren backcourt isn't panning out, and it's incredibly difficult to imagine this team winning a playoff series without a major infusion of talent. After being subjected to Toney Douglas and Mike Bibby, Knicks fans are frothing at the mere mention of Williams' name. Swap Williams into the mix for one of New York's Big 3 of Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler and more wins are sure to result. 

New Jersey Nets (167,000): New Jersey is essentially unwatchable with Williams on the roster so their desperation to retain him really can't be quantified. The Nets mortgaged their entire franchise in trading a package of Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and picks to acquire Williams from the Nets at the 2011 trade deadline, and they've struggled to surround him with anything except mediocre (and worse) talent. Somehow landing Dwight Howard is the longshot panacea for their team's treadmill of terrible, but good luck with that one. The Williams affair almost certainly ends badly for New Jersey.


Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:16 am

Deron Williams' list: Nets, Knicks, Mavs, Lakers?

D-Will? Really? At what point has the "one initial and the begining of last name" nickname trend start becoming parady?

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 1:40 pm

Deron Williams' list: Nets, Knicks, Mavs, Lakers?

I smell a bidding war comong up. Howard and Williams a package deal?

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:57 am

Deron Williams' list: Nets, Knicks, Mavs, Lakers?

IMO D. Will should stay with the Nets, and help build a contender.

Since: Nov 27, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 11:03 pm

Deron Williams' list: Nets, Knicks, Mavs, Lakers?

As a NETS fan I don't see Dwill heart in the games. It seems like when Farmar or Brooks out scores him thats when he plays. He has not proven his self this year at all. The front Office should make him put up or shut up. Make him sign or trade him. Looking at Brooks and waiting for Lopez to come back will show what the team can do. We have yet to have the team at 100% and he's crying. The Knicks Have just a few more wins than us with there big 3. Yet we don't have our best scorer Lopez. The season is still young he needs to put some numbers then talk money, Cause at this point I don't see his worth in a big contract playing like Outlaw. No Heart then just Trade him. 

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:15 pm

Deron Williams' list: Nets, Knicks, Mavs, Lakers?

I see Howard eventually getting his trade to the Lakers and Williams ending up there in the offseason. You'd have to trade Gasol and Bynum in any deal for Howard and the Lakers would clear some romm moneywise and are never short on loot anyway.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 7:08 pm

Deron Williams' list: Nets, Knicks, Mavs, Lakers?

We are in an era where players are dictating where they want to go. And inspite of what the Owners tried to do in the lockout, there isn't a thing the owners can do about it. Players want a chance to win a ring. And they have every right to pursue that dream. If teams
had better  and coaches, I think more players would stay put and trust that the teams management knows how to build
a winner. 

What?  You are so wrong it's not even funny.  First of all the owners have ALL THE CONTROL, they are just too afraid and too stupid to change the way they do business.   All the owners have to do is STOP TRADING SUPERSTARS as their contracts are expiring.  Let their contracts expire and let these guys become free agents and go wherever they want to go.   Players who decide to leave their current team can do so, but they can lose up to 30 million dollars in comparison with the salary they would have made staying put.  All these stupid trades do is allow superstars to sign max contracts and get top dollar, that's why they are so eager to leave. They get as much money as they would have staying put and have a better chance at a championship.  Most superstars telling us they want to win are full of crap because if they were going to lose up to 30 million dollars to play somewhere else they wouldn't leave.  You can pretend all you want that players care about winning more then money but that's almost never been the case in the NBA and never will be.

And nobody responding to this waste their time telling me small market teams can't afford to let a player go for nothing because they are better off doing that then getting half of what a superstar is worth in a trade.  Finishing near the bottom and getting a lottery pick beats the hell out of mediocrity and 30 to 40 win seasons that get you nothing.


Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2012 4:47 pm

Deron Williams' list: Nets, Knicks, Mavs, Lakers?

One Voice:

Idiot, where do you live?  Last I checked NY City was a pretty big market and Brooklyn was its most populous burough at 2.5 million residents.  Small market, you can't be serious.   Our Thunder must really be small market compared to NY City.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2012 4:41 pm

Deron Williams' list: Nets, Knicks, Mavs, Lakers?

The Nets "mortgaged their entire franchise." Really Ben? Have you not been paying attention? Harris is a flat bust and Derrick Favors has been mediocre at best, though he certainly has potential. Still, no reason to think the Nets couldnt get at least the quality of those players and a first round pick in trading Williams now.

Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2012 3:54 pm

Deron Williams' list: Nets, Knicks, Mavs, Lakers?

IMO I would like to see the Nets clean house, trade D Williams. With the team moving to Brooklyn next year, a true fresh start is needed. Maybe the Nets could aquire some
draft picks for next year and and some quality players to build around. I'm tired of see players
go to a team and not show any loyalty. It seems when times are tough, some players rather bolt
at first chance, rather than help become part of the solution.

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 21, 2012 3:13 pm

Deron Williams' list: Nets, Knicks, Mavs, Lakers?

One voice , Since when will Brooklyn be a small market. Lol

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