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Report: Nets would consider trading Deron Williams. Good luck with that.

May 16, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT

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No contract in the NBA is untradable. Look no farther than the Brooklyn Nets, who swooped in to take Joe Johnson and his massive contract off the hands of the Atlanta Hawks. Before that we saw guys like Gilbert Arenas get moved when it made no sense. As Kevin Garnett has screamed into our television sets, “Anything is possible.

That said, some contracts are pretty darn close to impossible to move — and Deron Williams has one of them.

D-Will has gone from a guy mentioned in the same breath with Chris Paul to a good, above-average point guard who is vastly overpaid — he has three years, $63 million left on his contract. Ankle injuries have slowed him down, and he likely will have another surgery on those this summer.

But after a disappointing playoff run where he could not lead the Nets as was the plan, they will consider moving him, reports the New York guru that is Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.

There is an alternative, sources say, the Nets will not rule out: They could look to trade Williams this summer, retool around (Joe) Johnson and (Brook) Lopez, squeeze one more run out of Pierce and Garnett and hope for the best.

It’s hard to say what the Nets might get for a 29-year-old former All-Star with bad ankles and $63 million left on his contract, but it’s worth exploring. The Houston Rockets tried to acquire Williams last December, so it’s not inconceivable that another team desperate for point-guard help might inquire.

The problem for the Nets is this — a team might take Williams off your hands but you’re going to have to give them something they really want in addition. A sweetener if you will. The Nets don’t have a lot of those to offer up, they don’t have a first-round pick they could trade until 2020. There are not players on the roster that will thrill other teams, Mirza Teletovic and Mason Plumlee are the only names teams might consider.

As we told you before, making moves thinking only of the short term is a trademark of Nets GM Billy King, and owner Mikhail Prokhorov is encouraging that urge. He wants to win now, money be damned, so spend $190 million on payroll and taxes. Go collect big names like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, don’t worry about the price.

Beck gets into all the problems that causes for the Nets, but in the end their biggest problem is the Deron Williams they got and signed to a max contract is not the Deron Williams they thought they were getting. If the Nets are going to turn things around and really contend in the short term, Williams has to revert to his old form or they have to move him and build in another direction.

Either of those outcomes are long shots.

  1. rrhoe - May 16, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    OMG,the Nets want someone to bail them out of their own mess,Mark Cuban take a bow,the Nets did you a big favor by signing him when you clearly would’ve.

  2. kclanton80 - May 16, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    “D-Will has gone from a guy mentioned in the same breath with Chris Paul to a good, above-average point guard who is vastly overpaid”

    With all the great talent at point guard these days, can we truly say that d will is above average? Theres at least 12 point guards i would take before even thinking about him. A this point he is just average, certainly not above average.

    The Nets gambled big and lost big. Even if they can resign all of their players, they have absolutely no shot in the east with anything resembling this roster as constructed.

    • moseskkim - May 16, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      great point.. i remember arguing with an acquaintance last year about how i thought ray felton sucks. he made him seem like felton was soo good. but if think about how many really good point guards there are these days, felton is one of the worst starting pgs, and DWill when healthy is above average. his stats dont jump out because theres a vortex named joe johnson and EVERYONE on that team seems to like to shoot. pierce, joe, livingston all share the ball handling with dwill. if DWill was healthy and back on a team like the Jazz, he would avg around 18-10 cuz hed be handling the ball ALL DAY. but since hes not fully healthy, overall id say hes average too. not saying hes bad, theres just a lot of good pgs. just his contract is albatross

    • nfl4days - May 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      J. Wall
      Tony Parker

      • moseskkim - May 16, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        chalmers… chalmers? ewww

      • bucrightoff - May 16, 2014 at 2:01 PM

        Chalmers lol. If you’re going to put him in there why not Patty Mills? Mills has a much better PER than Chalmers.

      • nfl4days - May 16, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Thats why I put a question mark. That’s just off he top of my head.

      • narlo00 - May 16, 2014 at 2:02 PM

        Doesn’t D-Rose have to play in order to be considered? My dead grandma has better knees then that dude..

      • moseskkim - May 16, 2014 at 2:03 PM

        isaiah thomas and lowry would fit nicely in there

      • duhwighthoward - May 16, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        There are many backup point guards that I’d rather have.

        Nets fans don’t even consider him to be the best point on the team.

      • illegalblues - May 16, 2014 at 3:58 PM

        ya missed curry and lowry

      • raylangivens2 - May 16, 2014 at 6:10 PM

        I would take Jeff Teague over Williams and several on your list.

      • johnheisman - May 16, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        Dragic YES! Chalmers No. I would put Teague from the Hawks and Kyle Lowrey ahead of Deron Williams. Jrue Holiday when healthy also.

      • bklyn221 - May 16, 2014 at 8:28 PM

        where u leave curry

      • dominus247 - May 16, 2014 at 10:42 PM

        The only point guard Chalmers is better than is Norris Cole and that’s not by much …Chalmers shouldnt even be considered a point guard when Wade and James handles the ball just as much if not more than him

      • nickjackalson - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:37 AM

        Who won that college title? Chalmers is sneaky good..
        + no reaching the finals 4 times in row with garbage players..
        Yea Yea the Heat have Wade and Bosh and Lebron whawhawha..
        yet they don´t play three on five
        Chalmers,Cole,Allen,Battier,Andersen,Lewis,Haslem they all matter
        underestimating their impact is what mainstreammedia tells you
        yet they don´t play three on five
        Lebron doesn´t take on teams all by himself no matter how often media claims the opposite

    • apkyletexas - May 16, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      If Williams had been halfway healthy, the Nets easily could have grabbed a couple more games from Miami and taken them to 7.

      The Nets should consider keeping him and giving him the Tony Parker treatment next year – provide him with a decent 2nd string PG, play him no more than 25 minutes a night and give him weeks off at a time to recover. Get him healthy and rested for the playoffs next year, see what happens. This year they played him over 32 minutes a game, which is clearly too much.

      • aleton55 - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:42 AM

        Williams healthy or not Miami still would ve worked Brooklyns corn, u guys get worked. Move on

  3. spursareold - May 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Rrrrrrrrrrruuuussian beeelionaire, stuck like chuck.

    • sportsfan18 - May 16, 2014 at 3:12 PM

      Not if the Russian takes them on a vacation this summer… to Russia…

      The kind of vacation one NEVER returns from…

      Unstuck Chuck then…

      Reporter to Russian Beeelionaire. Where’s Deron?

      Russian Beeelionaire to reporter. Who?

      Reporter shows him a picture and then the Russian Beeelionaire says “Oh heem, he came to have ankles cut off, uh, er fixed. He left for home last week.”

      Reporter to Russian Beeelionaire “What flight was he on?”

      Russian Beeelionaire to reporter? “Flight? We took him to to international waters in boat, gave him life preserver and told him good luck… but swimming with no feet due to ankles being cut off is deeeficult no?”

  4. ayejay2014 - May 16, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Toronto Raptors will gladly trade for your DWill for Nano De Colo and Julian Stone.

  5. dexterismyhero - May 16, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Can we just get lookoutjim off these boards?

    • mackcarrington - May 16, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      I agree with you, but this fool has a certain entertainment value.

      • redstar504 - May 16, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        He did have a certain entertainment value like the first 10 times. It’s gone now!!!

        Now I am torn between if the guy is making jokes or he is a closet KKK member and actually means what he says.

  6. rodyaugu - May 16, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Deron To miami for Mario Chalmers.

    • bigmeechy74 - May 16, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      you don’t have the ability to think

  7. savvybynature - May 16, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Trade him to NY for Felton and Amare.
    Those two teams deserve each other as trade partners. Maybe they can swap their 1st rd. picks as part of the deal too, you know, those 2038 1st. rd. picks that they haven’t traded away yet.

  8. imthaschmidt - May 16, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    The T wolves are a prime team to make this move, only because they cant do anything right.

  9. honkerdawg - May 16, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Phil and the Knicks will take him, they’re only a player away from a champinship and what’s another 63 million

  10. ravenswhat - May 16, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    NBA contracts are such a joke. Teams have no protection from decent players that turn into bums overnight. It should be like the NFL. Not performing? You’re cut.

    • realfootballfan - May 16, 2014 at 8:18 PM

      As it should be. Don’t sign players to long lucrative contracts unless you’re sure. Nobody twisted their arms and told them to give him a max contract as he clearly wasn’t worth it when people were running that best PG in basketball nonsense despite not winning anything in Utah with decent players around him.

  11. realfootballfan - May 16, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    I remember when he was in Utah on garbage teams getting undeserved hype. He’s always been a good player, but I would have never made this guy the center of any team. He’s more of a complementary piece on a team full of bigger stars, which to the Nets credit is what they tried to do but got the stars past their expiration date.

  12. mackcarrington - May 16, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    If you have to ask, you aren’t qualified to eat them.
    And when are you going to learn that they are chitlins, not chitterlings?

  13. billtetley53 - May 16, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    A simple search of google shows chitterlings as an acceptable spelling.

    You know, if you just ignore him, he goes away. But, in dealing with people on here, I know that will not happen. People dontvignore me, so I am still here.

  14. mackcarrington - May 16, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    @ Bill:
    Jesus Christ, I know what the correct spelling is.
    I grew up in a home with people who grew up in the deep south, and the dialect they used, it was chitlins, my man. I’m just messing with this fool because no self respecting black person from my generation would call them anything but chitlins!

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