May 10, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) advances the ball during the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat in game three of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Brooklyn Nets won 104-90. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Brooklyn Nets could trade Deron Williams


For the second straight season, the Brooklyn Nets fell very short of their own expectations.

Obviously, the acquisition of aging superstars Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett was a risk and their performances shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

However, the fall of point guard Deron Williams certainly wasn’t something the Nets were expecting.

According to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report, the Nets could look to trade Williams.

There is an alternative, sources say, the Nets will not rule out: They could look to trade Williams this summer, retool around Johnson and 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.

Williams averaged just 14.3 points, 6.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game this season.

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