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Report: Deron Williams has Lakers on his list (behind Nets)

May 23, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

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A Deron Williams and Kobe Bryant backcourt, with Andrew Bynum in the paint. That team could be very dangerous.

Apparently, Deron Williams has thought about it.

In an article where he says the Lakers and Magic need to do a Bynum for Dwight Howard swap, Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated drops some interesting knowledge about D-Will.

A source close to the three-time All-Star said he would be interested in joining the Lakers, though it would have to be via a sign-and-trade deal. (Lakers point guard Ramon Sessions, who was acquired from Cleveland at the trade deadline, has a $4.5 million player option for next season.) The source said Williams’ preference, however, is for the Nets to improve the roster sufficiently enough that he can feel good about staying put rather than fear a repeat of this season, when they finished 22-44. As for Dallas, which sacrificed its best chance to defend the title by preserving salary-cap space last summer in anticipation of this free-agent class, the source said of the Mavericks: “There’s no longevity there.” If owner Mark Cuban can clear enough space to sign a worthy sidekick for Williams, though, then maybe he’d join his hometown team after all.

As Amick said, Williams to the Lakers would have to be a sign-and-trade, and under the new CBA that new deal can be for what he would get as a free agent from a non-Bird rights team. (Meaning, no more of what Carmelo Anthony did and get the hometown max deal and the new home.)

The Lakers are shopping Pau Gasol around this summer, would the Nets be open to a Gasol for D-Will sign-and-trade? It’s better than the nothing they get if he goes to Dallas. That said, if I were the Nets, I would demand Bynum in the deal, not Gasol.

What the Nets really want is to get one of those top three spots in the draft lottery, then use that to help facilitate a trade with Orlando to bring Howard to Brooklyn. Then Williams re-signs and Jay Z is happy… well, happier. You have to think he’s pretty happy most of the time.

Whatever happens with D-Will, he wants to get it wrapped up before the Olympics so look for it to move quickly after July 1. Until then, it’s all speculation.

  1. gpatrick15 - May 23, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    If he wants to play for them, I’m sure they’ll find a way.

    • troy10 - May 23, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      Wow.. that was great analysis on your part.

  2. diablito0402 - May 23, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Gasol swap with nets for dwill and swap bynum for howard, and maybe trade barnes for lebron with the heat that way we have a good bench player,, woooo i see dinasty!!!!!

    • tsi431 - May 24, 2012 at 1:40 PM

      I would call it a sha-dynasty.

    • sophakingood - May 24, 2012 at 4:02 PM

      @ diablito0402 Yeah that would be the only way Lebron would get a ring lol but barnes for Lebron? thats a pretty bad trade on LA’s part but bench player is right where he belongs in the 4th quarter with his choking ways. but until Lebron gets traded to LA his status is gunna be how i have my iPhone on LeBron mode RINGLESS!

  3. buffalowned - May 23, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    I thought the nets traded their lottery pick for gerald Wallace?

    • aboogy123456 - May 23, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      I believe it was top three protected, so if they land in the top three then they get to keep that pick, if not, then they lose the pick. Risky move, but could pay off big.

      • deadeyedesign23 - May 23, 2012 at 8:57 PM

        Yeah it’s top 3 protected…and the stupidest trade I’ve seen in a while.

        That said a sign and trade for Pau is even dumber. Your first priority should be to sign him, but I’d rather let him walk and get the extra cap space than to take on an aging Gasol and his contract. Gasol isn’t as good a player as D-Will and Williams with this team got them to 22 wins so are we essentially taking on salary so we can win at a worse clip than last year?

      • aboogy123456 - May 24, 2012 at 8:32 AM

        I don’t think it’s stupid at all. The nets aren’t the type of team to rebuild through the draft, they have a destination in Brooklyn where free agents will want to sign. Gerald wallace is someone that Deron would like to play with, and he’s better right now than anybody they get with the 4th pick and after. They are playing to be good now, and if they get a top three pick then it ends up being even better. I like what the nets are doing.

      • deadeyedesign23 - May 24, 2012 at 9:30 AM


        Yeah but Wallace is opting out of his contract too. They essenaitlly traded their high pick in a deep draft for 2 months of a player who only made them good enough to not finish in the bottom 3 of the lottery (or the top 3 as it were). If they wanted Wallace they could have went out and got him this summer. As it stands if the Nets don’t get a top 3 pick they lose it and any ability to trade for Howard or sign Williams. They have a 25% chance to avoid the nightmare scenario.

  4. loungefly74 - May 23, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    exciting news for Laker fans…YES!

    • kinggw - May 23, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      Its pretty sad that having a 10% chance at Williams is exciting Laker fans. It is wishful thinking to believe that he ends up in LA.

      The Nets arent going to give up Williams for Gasol. I dont understanIt doesnt make sense for the Nets to trade for a finesse big man on the decline if they are about to enter a rebuilding situation. And if Williams leaves for another team they will be entering a rebuilding situation. Laker fans have to come to grips with the fact that they are going to be mediocre for a while. Even if they found a way to acquire Williams, they will still have a weak bench and an old team. And I dont see how they recoup equal value for Gasol. There isnt going to be a shortcut to prosperity for the Lakers this time. Kobe will keep them in the playoffs, but they wont be challenging for a title anytime soon.

      • caseybojangles - May 24, 2012 at 3:05 AM

        dont forget the worst part of gasol…this contract. he’s due nearly $20M per season for the next 2 seasons. no rebuilding team would take that one given where the progressive tax will be for teams that go over the cap.

        you are exactly right…no rebuilding team would take gasol. the only team that would risk this contract is a contending team that needs one more piece. like a chicago or maybe a philly. nets? not a chance.

      • loungefly74 - May 24, 2012 at 8:17 AM

        not sure where you came up with 10% but okay?…huh.

        kinggw…this is the LA Lakers we are talking about. A place where a lot of players want to come and play. history shows that. so you call it “wishing thinking”…i call it a possibility. only a few teams can boast that cred. this is not sacramento, utah, ot toronto we are talking about…

        I love it when people say “oh…Laker fans need to come to grips with the fact that they are going to be mediocre for a while.” really? have you watched basketball the past 30 years? the Lakers have been the crown jewel of the NBA during that time. yeah, of course we know we won’t win the title EVERY year, no one does that, but we will field a competitive team every year and some of those years, the Lakers will reach the top. no team has had as much success as the Lakers the past 30 years. we don’t rebuild…we reload. that is a reality sir.

        i’m curious…who is your team? pretty darn sure they haven’t been successful as the Lakers. I’m a “big picture” guy…as a life long fan, i don’t fret and cry about a “disappointing” season. I have great pleasure knowing my franchise does what it can every year to build a winner. hey, i lucked out that my team is a major force in the sport…just as the yankees, buckeyes, manchester united, steelers, etc keep their fans happy pretty much every year…

        well…we don’t know what the Nets will do. D-Will could force them to trade him..apparently, he is not too happy there. and an aging Gasol is better than what most teams can do…though i do agree, Gasol would probably be traded to a team on the cusp of greatness instead of a crappy team. but as this is the NBA…who knows where players will end up. but…i’ll say it again…it’s exciting that D-Will mentions your team as a place where he wants to go.

    • bigmeechy74 - May 24, 2012 at 1:42 AM

      I’m a Thunder fan. Do you know what exciting news is for us? Beating the Lakers 4-1….YES!

      • loungefly74 - May 24, 2012 at 8:25 AM

        good for you Thunder fan. feels good to get a taste of success, doesnt it?…but it’s much better when the titles start rolling in…as a Laker fan…i have experienced that many times and its great to relish on its success. yeah, didnt happen this year but we will be back. no hard feelings…but good luck against the Spurs and building a dynasty there in OKC. pressure is on though, need to win soon…don’t want to end up like the late 90’s/early 2000’s trailblazers or Sactown Kings…hmmm.

  5. baron30 - May 23, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Why on earth did the Nets trade that pick for Gerald Wallace, sure its top 3 protected, but come on. Gerald Wallace who is still going to opt out? Rent Gerald Wallace for half a season when you are already one of the worst teams in the league? Gerald Wallace? Really? Gerald Wallace could stand in the way of you getting Dwight Howard? Gerald Wallace?

    -maybe the nets know something about Sterns ping pong balls otherwise they are f’d

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - May 23, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    If it’s Top 4 or higher, it goes to Portland.

    I’d like to see him with the Lakers, but if not there, then the Knicks. I don’t think that Dallas talk has any merit. Guys don’t always want to go play where they’re from. Too much has been made about that by these pantywaists who like to play Fairy Tale with the trade machine.

    I don’t think he wants to leave the tri-state, and the Nets are playing with some very long odds with their reasoning, so we’ll see what happens with a three way trade involving NJ/NYK/LAL.

  7. zacksdad - May 23, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Good thing the league does not own the Nets. Otherwise Williams goes where Stern wants him to go, not where the best deal is.

    • ludachrisgsx - May 23, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      Well Stern does own the balls used in the lottery, so he still has a hand in all of this.

  8. lmvs2012 - May 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Right zack…

  9. mungman69 - May 23, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    He stays in New Jersey er, I mean Brooklyn. He isn’t going to la.

  10. lalakersalldammdayy24 - May 23, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    This is only exciteing if hes for reals !!! An of we have a chance to get him

  11. girouxhasladyballs - May 23, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    tired of these players whining about where they are playing. sign one year contracts and quit changing your mind like women.

  12. dal24la - May 23, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Well the fact we’re ahead of Dallas and allegedly 2nd overall is encouraging, although LA’s chances are still mediocre of getting him. Laker’s best hope is for Dwight to commit to Orlando….

  13. rosesacl - May 23, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    dwill, howard, kobe, artest, dj mbenga
    anyone else agree?

    • drunkenjunk - May 23, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      as a Mavs fan I hate it, but it’d be fun to watch.

    • congocash - May 23, 2012 at 11:33 PM

      i like this….

  14. Fantasy Football Legend - May 23, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    This would be sick!!

  15. pop562 - May 24, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    OKC fans win the western conference championship first then talk.

  16. davidly - May 24, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    D-Will would be an asset – a athletic guy who could slash to the rim and distribute smartly. And logic would tell you that controlling Bryant’s ball-handling time and getting him fewer touches, but higher percentage shots is a better offense. But would he be effective with a classic point guard? And would he be happy (ie. effective) with an offense that making him lower than the second option?

  17. cmdrsmooth - May 24, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Brooklyn is going to be a great situation for players. D. Williams should be signing and demonstrating some leadership to show other players I’m all in. Show some confidence in the new franchise. You can own this town.

  18. steve63x - May 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Kobe still wont win his 6th ring

  19. hooks52 - May 24, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Dwill , your mouth is going to cause you trouble just ask dwight.

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