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Deron Williams Free Agency News Round-up
But acquiring D12, at least before the NBA trade deadline, won't be that easy.
Simply put, the Nets' trade chips pale of in comparison to other teams' assets. The Los Angeles Lakers can offer Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol, combined with the $9 million trade exception they got for Lamar Odom. The New York Knicks are rumored to be willing to deal Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler, and the Chicago Bulls can move Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah and/or Luol Deng.
For this reason, if the Nets can't land Howard, it will be interesting to see whether they consider trading Williams before the March 15 deadline, let Deron become a free agent or convince him to pick up the one-year player option left on his contract.
Below you will find the most recent free agency news and speculation on Deron Williams:
* Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN: "When my colleague J.A. Adande asked if playing at Staples Center and walking around town the last couple of days made him think about spending more time here one day, Williams smiled and said, 'I like the warm weather out here. I live right up the street in San Diego.'"
* John Schuhmann via NBA.com: "Nothing has really changed since the start of the season, when Williams expressed confidence in Billy King's game plan, which is to go all-in on Dwight Howard by preserving assets and next year's cap space. All indications are that Brooklyn is Howard's preferred destination, and the Nets have both the assets (Brook Lopez, MarShon Brooks, picks and expiring deals to exchange for Hedo Turkoglu) and the leverage (the ability to sign Howard in the summer) to get a deal done. The Lopez injury was a setback, it's been a pretty ugly month and a half, and a Howard trade certainly isn't guaranteed. But nothing has really altered King's vision of opening the Barclays Center with Dwight and D-Will as Brooklyn Nets."
* Chris Broussard of ESPN: "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. 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."
* Stefan Bondy of NY Daily News: "Of all the possibilities for Deron Williams this summer, the one that has rarely been brought up is the option that would pay him the most money. It's been assumed Williams wouldn't pick up his one-year, $17.8 million option because he could get a four or five-year deal if he becomes a free agent. But the point guard didn't rule it out when asked Monday. 'Yeah (picking up the option is something I'm considering). I don't know what I'm going to do,' he told the Daily News. 'At the end of the season, I'm going to figure out what's going on, I'm going to sit down with my agent and look at every option possible.'"
* Dave McMenamin of ESPN: "When pressed and asked if he would rather play with Orlando's Dwight Howard or New Jersey's Deron Williams, two players who have been linked to dozens of trade rumors this season, Kobe Bryant played along. 'Give me both, how about that?' Bryant said with a laugh."
* Fran Blinebury via NBA.com: "I don't think they [the Nets] have what it will take to get Dwight Howard in a trade when Otis Smith finally has to make his move close to the deadline. And without Howard, there's no bright future in Brooklyn. Hello, Dallas."
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