When the Brooklyn (then-New Jersey) Nets dealt for point guard Deron Williams in 2011, he was supposed to help turn the team around. Although he has helped them return to the postseason (they defeated the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the 2014 playoffs before losing the Miami Heat a round later), injuries have caught up to him and he has struggled over the last few seasons.
Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders believes teams will have to see what Williams looks like before they think about dealing for him.
The Deron Williams trade rumors aren’t likely to start until teams see the type of shape and condition he returns from double-ankle surgery this fall. Whether he admits it or not, of course there has to be a bit of remorse. I commend Prokhorov for going for it, but there has to be a certain level of disappointment in how things have turned out. It would be nice to see what that group could do if all parts were at least relatively healthy for a playoff run. That might be a tall order with Lopez and Williams, but we’ll see what Coach Hollins can do with this mix.
Williams is reportedly open to a trade and the Nets have at least thought about dealing him.
Williams averaged just 14.3 points, 6.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 45.0% from the field, 36.6% from three and 80.1% from the free throw line. last season. Although he played in 64 regular season games and all 12 playoff games, Williams was bothered by an ankle injury all season and had one of the worst seasons of his career. The Los Angeles Lakers have been one of the teams tied to Williams.