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Report: Suns to pursue Deron Williams. What, is Magic Johnson unavailable?

Jun 2, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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The New York Daily News reports that if Steve Nash leaves the Suns in free agency, the Suns will make a bid for Deron Williams.

“If they lose Steve, then they plan to go after Deron, hard,” said a person with knowledge of the Suns’ plans. “They know he loves golf and they’re going to try to sell him on going out there.”

via If Steve Nash bolts, Phoenix Suns may make a push for Deron Williams – NY Daily News.

… Golf?

That’s your plan?


Williams has his choice of re-signing with the Nets for the most money and years allowed under the new CBA, being built as a global superstar by owner Mikhail Prokhorov, and bringing with it all the sponsorship opportunities and lifestyle of living in the greatest city in the world. He can sign with his hometown Dallas Mavericks, pairing him with a Hall-of-Famer in Dirk Nowitzki and an owner that has proven he’ll spend in order to win. He can pair himself with just about any superstar in the league, and your plan of attack to reportedly attempt to convince him to sign with you when your best player is Marcin Gortat is to lure him with … golf?

The report seems like an assistant GM mentioned that they’d love to pair Williams with Alvin Gentry and Gortat, or a player of that ilk. I’m sure the Suns will make an offer, if Williams’ agent picks up the phone. But in an NBA where I firmly believe it is nearly impossible to predict what happens next, even that stretches the boundaries of “reasonably possible.”

  1. gmen4life33 - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:07 PM


    “Deron, forget the most $, or best chance at a ring, come play some golf bro”

  2. percell1 - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    No way is that happening

  3. dgbk - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    stranger thangs have happen, david west said no to Boston and the celts to play for the pacers….. i doubt it but i will not be shocked

  4. acdc363 - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:28 PM


  5. kvanhorn87 - Jun 2, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    He will be a Sixer

  6. jimbroney - Jun 2, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Oh. We almost forgot. You can swim year ’round!!

  7. abchome - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    “He can pair himself with just about any superstar in the league…”

    How? By signing for exceptions/minium?

  8. burm61 - Jun 3, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    If golf is the magic word… Then wouldn’t Orlando be more appealing?

  9. isujames - Jun 3, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    Highly unlikely, no one wants two play in Phoenix for the suns.

  10. ezmagic - Jun 3, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Golf? Hell yea come to Orlando. You can play golf all year round and no state tax. (Not sure in AZ has a state tax)…

    Anyway teaming up with Dwight would also be more appealing than gortat.. tho as a magic fan I love gortat.. And we miss gortat right about now. Thanks OTIS!

  11. ron05342 - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:56 AM

    What about the Bobcats?

    I mean, if the quality of golf courses is going to rule in Deron’s decision-making, Charlotte is the way to go.

  12. 91devinhester23 - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:40 AM

    that’s a riot

    maybe they should try to get dwight too hahaha

  13. cantonbound13 - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    He can play starting in April if he goes to the Suns.

  14. schmale82 - Jun 3, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Who would want to play for Phoenix?

  15. BigBeachBall - Jun 3, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    How unlikely is it for a player like Steve Nash to even exist? Athletic kid from Canada who doesn’t like hockey…. the number 1 sport up there. Good luck finding that again.

  16. dirtyjerseysports - Jun 3, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    I thought he was going with Howard to Miami so they can somehow get LeQuitter his much begged for ring.

  17. southpaw77 - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Everyone wanted to play for the Suns years ago. The training staff was well known for keeping their players healthy or returning them to health (like Hill, Nash, Shaq, etc) and the weather is great in the winter.

    A better sales pitch is a lot of cap space to lure someone the following year.
    Dallas’ window will be closing, Dirk isn’t getting younger, the Nets are a joke, so where else can u get the combination of youth, cap space, good weather and a great training staff?

    • wlubake - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:30 AM

      With the money he’ll be making, Williams can hire the Suns’ training staff away from them. I’m not sure he’ll be making a decision based upon training staff. Golf may be more likely.

      People who say Dirk’s window is closing are missing the point. Cuban isn’t building the team around Dirk anymore. He’s going to try to build it around Deron. Dirk will be a complimentary piece or co-stud for a year or two. But Cuban is looking to make 2 big moves this year. Williams and another piece (either through trade or by dumping salary to clear space).

      Kidd and Terry come off the books making room for Deron. Odom’s large contract has a rather small buyout (which clears about $6M). That makes him either cap space or an attractive trade chip for a team looking to cut cap. Heywood’s $7M can be amnestied (or frankly, while on the pricey side, Heywood is a starting caliber center who someone may want to trade for). Finally, Marion’s $8M. If I’m a team like Toronto, with former Mavs assistant Dwayne Casey trying to instill defensive intensity in the team, I would consider trading a backup player for Marion and a trade exception (Mavs have several).

      Anyway, yeah the current window is closing. Cuban will work to create a new big window for another championship.

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