Deron Williams name gets thrown in with Chris Paul and Dwight Howard a lot.
And he is in the same situation — he is an elite player who can opt out at the end of this season and become a free agent. But when the Jazz traded him to New Jersey last year Williams’ situation changed, he became the recruiter trying to draw talent not the guy being recruited.
And he didn’t sound like a guy eager to move on in an interview with WFAN Monday. He sounded like a guy who likes the organization. John Schuhmann of NBA.com tweeted the key responses from Williams in the interview.
“My plan is to stay. Hopefully we can get some good talent to where I can stay.”
D-Will says he talks to Dwight often & says that’s the one guy he’d love to play with, but doesn’t know what Dwight’s going to do.
Williams is asked what’s the % chance he stays with the Nets: “I’d probably say like 90 percent.”
Williams is going to play out this season with the Nets then become a free agent because that is his path to the biggest, longest payday. But if the Nets — who have cap space and some young pieces — can bring in one more star Williams will stay. He might stay anyway, not many teams can offer max deals to him next summer anyway.
Maybe we put Williams in a different category than Howard and Paul. He seems far more committed to a team (one with a realistic chance to build).
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.