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Report: Deron Williams frustrated in Brooklyn, but has not requested a trade

May 17, 2014, 12:01 AM EDT

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We passed along a report earlier that the Nets may consider trading Deron Williams, and those feelings, at least to some extent, appear to be mutual.

Williams might need more ankle surgery this offseason, and is as frustrated as anyone that he hasn’t been able to live up to that monster contract that still has three years and $63 million remaining. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that he wants to explore a lesser role somewhere else.

From Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game:

A high-level Brooklyn Nets official told The Brooklyn Game that a report that Deron Williams wanted out of Brooklyn “came out of left field” and that Williams has not requested a trade, but acknowledged that Williams has struggled with the burden of expectation since joining the Nets.

“He’s frustrated,” the source told The Brooklyn Game. “He’s not happy with himself. He’s not up to his standards in the three years since we got him.” …

The original report from HoopsCritic alleged a falling-out between Williams and Nets management, particularly Nets general manager Billy King.

This is what happens when highly-paid superstars underproduce, and when teams that spend exorbitant amounts of money on payroll to assemble world-class talent fail to exceed expectations.

The Nets went about as far as could have been expected with this year’s roster, losing to the defending champion Heat after failing to execute in late-game situations, while enduring the wrath of the game’s best player in LeBron James.

The offseason will be tricky in Brooklyn — Kevin Garnett might retire, Paul Pierce may leave in free agency, and Shaun Livingston is likely to have better offers to play somewhere else. But Williams will probably be back, and the frustration that both he and the team might be feeling right now will dissipate over the summer.

  1. cantonb0und13 - May 17, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Shouldn’t you be frustrated with you’re ankles?

    • kb2408 - May 17, 2014 at 3:22 AM

      I’m frustrated with you impersonating the original cantonbound.

      • jimeejohnson - May 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM

        I think it’s fantastic. At least this cantonb0und’s not a peabrain loser.

      • cantonb0und13 - May 17, 2014 at 1:25 PM

        Well said, my friend … Well said.

  2. 1harrypairatesties - May 17, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    If you’re frustrated you need to take a look at yourself Dude. This coming from a Chicagoan. Brooklyn believes in you. Believe in YOUR team. You’re the PG. Treat it as such. It’s on you.

    • pudgalvin - May 17, 2014 at 7:53 AM

      I think that’s what he’s frustrated with, at least based on what this article says.

      • casualcommenter - May 17, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        A lot of this people on this site don’t read the articles before commenting.

        The article explicitly states that Deron Williams is frustrated about how he personally has performed below his own standards the past 3 years.

        So a person saying, “Deron Williams needs to look at himself!” means that he clearly didn’t read the article.

  3. eugenesaxe1 - May 17, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    He’s not in a position to demand a trade anyway. He’s broken. He sucks. Billy King should ride that horse til it drops dead.

  4. realfootballfan - May 17, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    You can play that card once without a ring before everyone starts looking at you as the problem. You got a legend fired in Utah and then Avery Johnson who wasn’t too bad of a coach in New Jersey. You still haven’t won anything.

    • Aberam - May 17, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Jerry Sloan resigned. Avery was awful. Deron did get him fired, but he sucked. Also, the article clearly indicates he’s frustrated with his own performance. He knows he is the problem.

  5. campcouch - May 17, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    he chose the $99 mil over teams that could’ve had a chance with him on them. live with it bro.

  6. Big Ant TV - May 17, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    dark days with no draft picks are coming too brooklyn
    the people of brooklyn begged for a NBA team too come from NJ “there rightful home”
    and now u got bad seasons coming ENJOY BROOKLYN

    • rushbacker - May 17, 2014 at 4:39 AM

      Good Lord, learn how to write in English if you have something to say.

      • duhwighthoward - May 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM

        Rushbacker must be one of those bandwagon Nets fans that just got on board when Jason Collins signed with the team.

      • sportsfan18 - May 17, 2014 at 10:17 AM

        OK, I’ll write in English for him…

        Brooklyn fans, your team is going to suck for years and years now… Enjoy!

      • Big Ant TV - May 18, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        learn how too take a d___ out ya mouth and mind ya business

  7. mackcarrington - May 17, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Isn’t this the dude who got indignant when someone suggested that he wasn’t one of the best guards in the league?
    They went and put veteran talent around him and he still came up way short. Only his most ardent fanboys will feel sorry for him.

    • sportsfan18 - May 17, 2014 at 10:18 AM

      his most ardent fanboys will NOT feel sorry for him… until he runs out of cash… then they’ll be gone.

  8. innovativethinking87 - May 17, 2014 at 3:10 AM

    Ironically they traded the 2012 draft pick to Portland, who the Blazers used to pick Lillard.

  9. davidly - May 17, 2014 at 4:58 AM

    The pitfalls of being in professional sports: the job is so demonstratively quantifiable that subtle qualities get overlooked or ignored; you can make a huge payday and still end up unhappy; you get paid for is being a star or a scapegoat; the only cure is to win, not let it bother you, or retire. I am a fan, but don’t envy their position.

  10. slowclyde86 - May 17, 2014 at 5:00 AM

    Report: Brooklyn frustrated in Deron Williams

  11. pharohislife - May 17, 2014 at 5:38 AM

    He has some nerve, “Deron Williams frustrated in Brooklyn” Like it shouldn’t be the OTHER WAY AROUND!!
    He’s acting as if he’s in a Kevin Love situation where he has inadequate talent around him when He’s really the reason they didn’t make it very far in the 2nd Round. He was the Inadequate Talent. I mean My God D-Will 30-Year Olds were out playing you in that Series so if you’re frustrated in Brooklyn and wondering why yall went out the way yall did, look no further than yourself, you were just Pitiful, just Pitiful. He’s “frustrated in Brooklyn”, honestly his teammates are probably frustrated of him.

    • Aberam - May 17, 2014 at 3:48 PM

      “He’s not happy with himself”. Did you even read the thing?

      • pharohislife - May 17, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        Did you? If he’s not happy with himself then why is he trying to leave the team as if they were the problem what would the purpose of that be? Does he want to be traded to a team where he would only be expected to be the 3rd or 4th option because that’s only way it makes sense to be wanting out of A Brooklyn.

      • Aberam - May 17, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        He’s not trying to leave the team, This report is saying that the rumors of him wanting to leave were not true.

      • davidly - May 18, 2014 at 4:23 AM

        How dare you not subordinate your reading comprehension to the latently malicious glee of outrage culture! HOW DARE YOU!!

    • irvfin3 - May 17, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      I mean the guy has been dealing with several ankle injuries making him unable to perform how he was with the Jazz and play up to allstar level. He has every right to be frustrated.

  12. pukpokito - May 17, 2014 at 6:20 AM

    Great point on everyone’s comments. Deron Williams clearly isn’t the Deron we all saw play in Utah. injuries have deteriorated him so fast(Derrick Rose at least we expect to never be the same.) but Deron?He looks like he is done..and at his prime.He can be frustrated.But it has to be at himself first.

    • duhwighthoward - May 17, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      He wasn’t that good in Utah, babe.

  13. mnsadsportsfan - May 17, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    This guy is a real piece of work. The ONLY thing he should be frustrated about is his play.

  14. lenbias34pt - May 17, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Being responsible for Coach Sloan retiring told me an awful lot about this guy…..and what a surprise, when he gets paid he spends more time on his hair than on his fitness.

    Character does matter.

  15. rodyaugu - May 17, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    D Willcant

  16. chicagocane - May 17, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    I’ve really had enough with this overweight, overrated piece of trash. A team could get the EXACT same game from a journeyman like Nate Robinson and save so much cap space. Hit the gym, man up and shut your fat mouth Deron!

  17. JMClarkent - May 17, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    I have always wondered how much of D-Will’s issues are due to a lack of either training knowledge or desire; he has always struck me as a guy who would “Play himself” into shape each year.

    Once healthy, it would be interesting to see what he could do with a hardcore commitment to his body.

  18. Gordon - May 17, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Somewhere, Mark Cuban is smiling.

  19. jacobk621 - May 17, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    How Coach K and co picked him for the Olympic team is beyond comprehension !!! And to get Coach Sloan canned is just icing on the cake with this bum !!!

    • bkbell3 - May 18, 2014 at 2:05 AM

      What did Jerry Sloan ever win? He had 2 players that are top 5 all time at their positions for what, 15 years and he couldn’t win anything. Very over rated.

      • bkbell3 - May 18, 2014 at 2:10 AM

        Also over the years I’ve heard people say that this guy or that guy aren’t Jerry Sloan guys but what did he win with his “guys”. Pop and Phil took any guys like rodman and that jackson guy who was in the brawl and got them to perform for them. Maybe Jerry shouldn’t have been so picky and learned how to coach any player who had talent. Coaching is much more that just x’s and o’s.

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