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Reports: Rockets, Nets discussed Deron Williams trade recently. But no more.

Jan 10, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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Remember a couple years ago how desperately the Nets were trying to pair Dwight Howard with Deron Williams? Howard wanted it to happen but Orlando wasn’t going to give him exactly what he wanted, so they sent him to Los Angeles (in a deal that worked very well for their rebuilding plans). That ended up being a cluster… you know, so now Howard in Houston.

Where his Rockets considered trying to unite him and D-Will, discussions that took place just a few weeks ago. But now that dream is dead.

Ken Berger of has the details.

But the subject of a Dwight-Deron duo was broached again in recent weeks, with the Rockets and Nets briefly delving into the particulars of a deal that would’ve sent Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin to the Nets for Williams. It made sense on many levels. The Nets would’ve gotten an insurance policy at center for the often-injured Brook Lopez (who has since been injured again and is out for the year). The Rockets would’ve solved their own center problem, as Asik doesn’t want to remain in Houston. They’ve been trying to get off the Lin contract, and the Nets are one team that wouldn’t mind his $15 million balloon payment next season. All the better to stick it to the Knicks.

But the teams shelved the idea, which never gained any traction.

Williams just had both platelet rich plasma therapy (PRP) and cortisone injections in both ankles to help with his swelling and pain issues. He is out this weekend and maybe for the Nets one game next week (against the Hawks in London Thursday). No team is eager to take on Williams and his fragile ankles right now  (not to mention his massive contract).

Know that the Rockets are still trying to find a new home for Asik, as is his agent. The problem is the $15 million balloon payment Asik is due next year has teams thinking they will wait an extra year until he becomes a free agent and they can get him at a reasonable price. Still, I expect some kind of deal to come together before the trade deadline hits, too many teams could use his defense and rebounding.

  1. ranfan12 - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Would do more good for the rockets than bad, but I’m not really sure with William’s price tag

  2. pukpokito - Jan 10, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    The only way I would agree to a Deron Wiliams trade is aside from Asik and Lin, I would ask for Parsons and an unprotected 1st round pick from Houston who have a lot of 1st rounders.even then I have to think about it and see what other players houston has that can help my bench.

    • adoombray - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Deron Williams hasn’t been good since Utah, hate to break it to you.

    • southsidegroovin281 - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      You can “ask” in one hand and crap in the other and see which one gets filled the quickest. The Rockets are not giving up on Chandler that easy. He’s a glue guy for the starting 5.

    • bougin89 - Jan 10, 2014 at 5:19 PM

      “Houston who have a lot of 1st rounders”

      They have their own first round picks. They do not have any first round picks from other teams.

  3. timb12 - Jan 10, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Would the Nets have included the glue and duct tape for his ankles?

  4. asublimeday - Jan 10, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    The karma of them screwing the bulls with that absurd balloon deal is hilariously coming back around.

    • jsala02 - Jan 10, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      How? I would take the Rockets roster now rather than the Bulls. Also, if the Rockets can move Asik/Lin, they will have room for another max contract. Rockets = contenders, Bulls = rebuilding

    • casualcommenter - Jan 10, 2014 at 8:11 PM

      Yeah – the Rockets are poised to earn a top-4 seed in the playoffs, while the Bulls just traded away Deng for cap relief after Rose got re-injured.


  5. jolink653 - Jan 10, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    I don’t think anyone is feeling too sympathetic towards the Rockets for the stupid way they structured Lin’s and Asik’s contracts. The only reason they got the Knicks and the Bulls respectively to let their players go via restricted free agency was with those stupid third year balloon clauses, and I don’t think any teams are in a hurry to bail Houston out and take on that enormous cost for next season. Houston made their $30 million bed and they’ll have to sleep in it with Lin and Asik.

    • thekingdave - Jan 10, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      Yes, because it’s going to be sooooo hard to trade two expiring contracts next season in a league which values salary flexibility above all others. Riiiighhht.

    • dinofrank60 - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:10 PM

      Why does it seem that teams have to bail Houston out?

  6. coachjac30 - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but although Asik is set to make $15 million next season isn’t his cap hit only $8mill? Isn’t that really the most important figure, the cap hit and luxury taxes?

    I use to be of the mind that I would want Williams over any other point guard in the league, but given his gimpy ankles and the appearing inability to really play WITH anyone, if I could trade him for Asik and Lin, I’d do it in a heartbeat

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