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Nets have no plans to trade Deron Williams, rejecting offers

Mar 15, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

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11:27 am: The Nets phones have been ringing all morning but they are rejecting offers to trade Deron Williams, according to sources and multiple other reports.

That  includes them rejecting the idea of a Pau Gasol for Williams trade, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. Apparently that was offered before the season and the Nets rejected it then, too.

My first reaction was they had to make a move, but after thinking more about it, at this point standing pat is their best option. Any offers they get would be lowball ones, other teams playing the vulture trying to scavenge the Nets carcass. They can try to make big move around the draft or try to convince Williams to stay because they will get him help.

By the way, ESPN is reporting before the season the Nets rejected a Pau Gasol for Deron Williams deal.

Still bet D-Will ends up in Dallas next season, however. Leaving the Nets screwed.

9:35 am: Welcome to the Nets nightmare.

They wanted to move into a beautiful new building in Brooklyn next season with Dwight Howard and Deron Williams as their stars. They wanted to challenge the rival Knicks. They wanted to announce their presence with authority in the nation’s largest market.

Instead, Howard is staying in Orlando (probably, no paperwork yet). That after the Nets had worked hard and moved to the front of the line to trade for Howard. Then he changed his mind (or finally committed to what he really wanted) and decided to stay put.

That means Williams will likely opt out this summer — and if he is a free agent the smart money says he signs a max deal to play for the Mavericks back in his home town of Dallas.

The Nets have to try to make a last minute trade to move Williams. It’s that or risk getting nothing for him when he walks this summer. That said, with every team in the league knowing that Williams is going to opt out and become a free agent, it’s going to be hard for the Nets to get anything of value back.

They gambled big on getting Williams last year, giving up promising rookie Derrick Favors, a couple first round picks and more. They bet that they could keep him and use him to attract other players. They bet Williams and Brooklyn was going to change everything.

Not sure what kind of deal they can put together, or if they can get one done, but they have to look at it.

Williams has enjoyed living in New York. It’s a selling point. But the losing is wearing on him and right now it’s hard to see how that changes anytime soon for the Nets.

Welcome to their nightmare.

  1. gpatrick15 - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Wonder if someone will swopp in by the deadline to trade for him. He has many suitors, but who would be willing to give up the talent without knowing whether or not he’d sign there? Would the Nets trade him for Gasol? Or a package of players from the Rockets? This will hopefully get interesting as the day passes.

  2. jdub01984 - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    David Stern is out cutting all the phone lines that run from New jersey to LA as we speak.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:51 AM

      Why would the Lakers trade with them anyway? Unless it was Gasol for Williams and Morrow?

      • gpatrick15 - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:19 AM

        Because they need a point guard. Not necessarily an elite point guard, though. They can sell Gasol for D Williams and improve, or they can keep Gasol and get someone like Ramon Sessions and get signifacntly better since they’ll still have their twin towers in Gasol and Bynum.

      • sprest83 - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:51 PM

        Who would trade Williams for Gasol straight up? That has to be the dumbest idea ever. Gasol is a good player, but Williams plays a position that makes the entire team better. LA would have to give up 2 first round picks and Gasol to interest me…if I was running the show.

        Come to Dallas!!!

  3. cinnalocks - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:49 AM

    No worries it is the 21st century and there is wireless available.

  4. Mr. Wright 212 - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:50 AM


    • pellypell - Mar 15, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      In Soviet Russia, player trades team.

  5. drunkenjunk - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    As much as i hate Howard, i’m kinda glad it shook out like this. Come home to Dallas Deron.

  6. bparmalee - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Even though I’m a Pacers fan I think the Bulls should see about renting D Will. I think him and Rose could easily play together and the Nets may be the only team willing take Boozer. Next year they won’t have anyone and for all Boozers faults he can score for team… especially a bad team. If the Bulls could shake loose D Will and Humphries they would improve their team and would have a much better chance at a title this year. There won’t be many teams looking to rent D Will so the price shouldn’t be too high and obviously they should only do it if they can get rid of Boozer. The Bulls need another scorer and a guy that can get hot when Rose has off nights… D Will is the only difference maker available.

    • Tetaun - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      You need to shut down your account. You know nothing about the game! This is the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. Who wrote this a 6th grader?

      • bparmalee - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:33 AM

        Solid points sir. Obviously I don’t know anything about basketball…. I did say I was a Pacers fan. The best part was the 6th grade zinger. Man… I was like no no no… but you did.

    • drunkenjunk - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      dude in what messed up world do you live in where you can trade a bum like boozer for D. Williams and Humphries. If I was the nets I wouldn’t take Boozer for Humphries straight up. Also Stfu about Rose having off nights, so you get another top 4 point guard in the league? You sould like some of the stupid owners in the league.

      • bparmalee - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

        Everyone has off nights and Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals Rose 7-23.. 0-3 3pters 6 reb 8 assists…. good game but not good enough when no one else shows up. Game 4 Rose 8-27 .. 1-9 3pters 3 reb 6 assists 7 turnovers… that’s an off night also. So yeah.. it is possible for even the best players to have off nights. Rose needs some help. I didnt say they could trade Boozer for D Will… I said they should try. I would rather see the Bulls beat Heat than watch the Heat coast…. 4-1 is coasting by the way.

      • bparmalee - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:04 AM

        Also Rose and D Will are ball players….. they aren’t PG’s. They are closer to Scorers then they are a classic PG and their stat lines bear that out. Stop insulting them by saying two great ballers cant run together. Neither are selfish and both can light it up. Its not like I’m saying Rondo and Jason Kidd should run together.

    • dadawg77 - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      Getting rid of Boozer is tempting but Bulls still have the amnesty available. But this might be a blockbluster that will make the Bulls front office GM of the year, Williams to LA, Gasol to Chicago and Boozer to NJ/NYB

  7. gpatrick15 - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    Dan Gilbert’s already getting his trademark scathing email prepared just in case he gets traded to any big market team. Probably in comic sans, just to spice it up.

  8. lakerluver - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    @bparmalee, that is the dumbest thing I’ve heard thus far today. I won’t even dignify it by commenting further. D. Will just might end up in Dallas. However, he should request a trade to the LAKERS. Dirk’s game seems to be rapidly declining. If Dallas can’t sign another star or two in 2 or 3 years Deron could possibly be in the same situation he’s in now in Jersey. If he goes to the LAKERS, say for Pau, he plays with the MAMBA and Bynum, and probably wins two titles.Then after Kobe retires the LAKERS would still have Deron, Bynum and could add another star or two with Kobe’s salary.

    • bparmalee - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      So the Lakers trading a big for a shoot first pg is smart but the Bulls trying to trade a bad contract for another scorer is crazy. D Will has the game to play off the ball and so does Rose. I admit that the Nets would much rather have Gasol than Boozer and bad draft picks but I’m not sure the Lakers would or should be willing to move Gasol for a guy that might walk after the season. I’m not sure why Lakers fans have so much angst….. you guys can easily reload. D Will happens to be one of the few guys that hasn’t shown a lot of interest in being a Laker so i don’t think that trade is going to happen.

      • mlblogsbig3bosox - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:07 AM

        Yeah.. I guess that when you average 10+ assists in 4 straight seasons and your career average it´s 9.1 apg you become a shoot first pg.. But heck, who am I to judge..

      • mytthor - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:49 AM

        Don’t feel bad, idiots often don’t know why they’re idiots, so that’s why people like me are here to help explain.

        You’re an idiot for calling D-Will a “shoot first PG” when he averages 17.6 points and 9.1 assists career. You’re not an idiot for thinking the Bulls would want to trade Boozer for DW and Humphries, but you are an idiot for thinking there’s even a chance the Nets would do it. Why would you give up your 2 best players (since Brook Lopez is a stiff now) for an overpaid hairless heartless PF no one wants? When you look at Boozer’s contract, I don’t think the Nets would do Humphries for Boozer straight across, and you want them to throw in the 3rd best PG in the league?

        And you’re going to get 2 of the top pg’s in the game, with essentially identical game styles, and put them together in the same backcourt?

  9. coop32 - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    I pray before deadline today we get Williams @ Morrow for Gasol then everybody will be saying Chris Paul who c’mon Stern stay out of this one .. Why do you guys think they got rid of Blake ?? bc we got one more trick up our sleeve

  10. mhalt99 - Mar 15, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    players have seemed to learn a great deal from the Melo fiasco. why whine to get out of a contract in your last year when your new team will have to gut the roster and its future when you can just freely leave after the season. the reality is, a superstar player (as there are few in the NBA) with less than a season before FA should not garner much from the acquiring team. with melo the circumstances were a bit different as there were worries about the new cba but with dh orlando technically should be lucky to get a second round pick for him if he truly wanted out – they would get nothing at the end of the year and had no leverage.

    again, while the knicks sitch was different with the new cba coming, donnie walsh saw this. if melo had just waited a few months the knicks may have a pretty good team now as well a future as their draft picks would not have been mortgaged. players in the nba have much greater leverage than they do in the nfl. there are only 5 starters on o and d, in effect, every superstar is a peyton manning or tom brady. even a good 6th man can be worth his weight in gold.

  11. mightyquinn69 - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    If the Lakers can Improve there PG play with either Ramon Sessions, or D. Williams. We would win it ALL. Period!

  12. robertjamis - Mar 15, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    The Nets will have plenty of cap room, and the ability to pay Deron Williams for more than the Mavericks. Brooklyn is much nicer than Dallas. Even the pisshole around the arena is prettier. They have what will probably be a very high first round pick in a loaded draft, and a ton of space.

    If he wants to take less money to play with a broken down Nowitzki, he’s more than welcome. I doubt it.

    • drunkenjunk - Mar 15, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      you’re a fool if you think Deron would want to stay in Brooklyn over Dallas when he and his wife are from Dallas.

      • robertjamis - Apr 14, 2012 at 9:51 AM

        If you’ve ever been to Brooklyn, or NYC in general…and then you’ve been to Dallas, you’d understand what I’m talking about. New York is the place to be. Deron’s not going to go play with an elderly Nowitzki and Sean Marion. If he is, he’s a fool.

      • drunkenjunk - Apr 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM

        Yes, I’ve been to both. I’m from the south, I prefer Dallas. It’s not hard to believe that some people prefer other places other than NYC, LA. So STFU about it.

  13. jagwar73 - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Just go to Orlando Deron and team up with Dwight. You are exactly what that team needs to move from 3rd in the East to first. The other pieces are in place!

    • spaceghost13 - Mar 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      I think you have it backwards. It’s much more likely that D-Howard would go to Brooklyn and join D-Will

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