Tag: Deron Williams

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Nuggets waive Pablo Prigioni


Apparently, Denver couldn’t flip Pablo Prigioni.

The Nuggets acquired the point guard in the Ty Lawson trade, but they didn’t really want him. They just needed Prigioni’s contract to facilitate the deal.

Nuggets release:

Prigioni was waived by Denver following the trade

The Nuggets will owe Prigioni just $440,00 of his $1,734,572 salary if he clears waivers.

But it’s not a lock Prigioni clears waivers. That price isn’t bad for a third point guard, and Prigioni is better than most third point guards. The 38-year-old doesn’t have any upside remaining, but that shouldn’t matter to teams ready to win now – a few of whom have cap room or trade exceptions that could fit Prigioni’s salary.

One example: The Nets, who bought out Deron Williams and traded Steve Blake. Jarrett Jack is line to start at point guard, and Shane Larkin offers decent potential behind him. Prigioni is more dependable – and likely better than anyone Brooklyn could get with the minimum-salary exception it has available. The Nets have a couple trade exceptions that could fit Prigioni’s contract.

Chauncey Billups says Ty Lawson no leader, Nuggets need to trade him

Ty Lawson

They’re trying, Chauncey. They’re trying.

Turns out Chauncey Billups — the former NBA All-Star and Denver Nugget point guard, now an analyst with ESPN — is no Ty Lawson fan. Not that there are a lot of them in Denver right now. Billups was on 104.3 The Fan in Denver  Thursday and said it was time for the Nuggets to move on from the Lawson era (hat tip Eye on Basketball for the transcription):

I mean, well, one, Ty, he has not demonstrated what you want from the leader of your team and a guy who they’ve handed the keys to. He’s not demonstrated the kind of leadership that you want. And you have a young kid named [Emmanuel] Mudiay coming in who I think has a chance to be a star in this league. Right now the best player on the team is Ty Lawson. As a young player in the league, you come in 19-20 years old, you oftentimes try to emulate some of the actions on the floor and off the floor of the best player because that’s one day what you want to be. So I think just from the standpoint of the welfare of Mudiay and the well-being and the growth of Mudiay, you have to get Ty Lawson and you have to move him along.

The point about wanting good examples for Emmanuel Mudiay is a good one — and Lawson’s video after the Nuggets drafted Mudiay is a perfect example of why Denver would want to move him. Lawson had issues such as being late to a practice after the All-Star break, plus Denver had hoped he would be a leader and instead they had real chemistry issues with him in that role last year.

The problem is, Denver has tried to trade him. There just isn’t much of a market right now.

There were talks with the Dallas Mavericks, but those fizzled out, and Dallas now has Deron Williams in house. Denver has shopped Lawson around (as well as other players, they are ready for a roster shakeup) but have not found a deal worth their liking. The challenge is the league is deep with point guards right now so the options are limited — and the teams looking for point guards know that. It’s simple economics, there is more supply than demand.

But expect Denver to try hard to find Lawson a new home before the season starts. Something that would make Denver native Billups happy.

Report: With Deron Williams moved, Nets likely to keep Joe Johnson

joe johnson nets sleeved alternates

Rule number one of trade leverage: Don’t look eager to make a move. Pretend you’re not interested at all.

That could be what is going on here with the Brooklyn Nets.

Or, maybe the report from ESPN’s Marc Stein is accurate — maybe now, after buying out and waiving Deron Williams thereby dramatically lowering their payroll, the Nets have no intention of trading Joe Johnson.

That last part is true, the Nets have no lottery pick to tank for. With Johnson, plus the re-signed Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young, they stand a legitimate chance of making the playoffs in the East. They are not going to challenge Cleveland for supremacy, or frankly even Chicago/Washington/Miami/Atlanta for that second tier. But they could get an invite to the dance.

Still, this is in a rebuilding mode, just one with a couple of key pieces in place. Johnson is not part of the long-term future, and if a team offers the right combination of picks and players to move that rebuilding along faster, the Nets have to strongly consider it. That may not happen with his steep price tag, but it’s possible an offer comes because this is the last year of his deal.

The Nets just don’t want to look eager.

Report: Deron Williams agrees to buyout with Nets, will sign two-year deal with Dallas


The Mavericks have their point guard.

The Brooklyn Nets are going to save some money.

Deron Williams has agreed to terms of a buyout with the Brooklyn Nets and will sign a new two-year deal with his hometown Dallas Mavericks, something first reported by David Aldridge of NBA.com and TNT.

The Brooklyn Nets and point guard Deron Williams, considered joined at the hip just three years ago in a marriage that announced Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov’s determination to spend whatever it took to build a contending team quickly, divorced for good on Friday, with the team and Williams reaching agreement on a buyout of the remaining two years and $43 million on his contract.

The deal allows Williams, once he clears waivers, to sign a deal with his hometown Dallas Mavericks—the team he almost went to in free agency in 2012 before agreeing to stay in Brooklyn on a five-year, $98 million max deal.

Marc Stein and Mike Mazzeo of ESPN have the figures on the deals.

It’s win-win. Or at least about as close to win-win as things could happen considering how bad William’s contract was ($43 million left over two years). Williams gives up a little money but gets out of Brooklyn, which he wanted.

For the Nets, they save serious cash and this deal is believed to get them below the luxury tax line. That’s both smart business and really necessary if he is going to find a buyer for all or part of the team (as has been rumored for more than a year, although he has denied it).

For Dallas, they will be in the hunt for a playoff spot in the West now. They lost DeAndre Jordan but with a likely starting five of Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Wesley Matthews (once fully healthy after his Achilles surgery), Zaza Pachulia and now Williams, they can compete with Utah, Sacramento, the Lakers and other teams in the West that think they can jump into the playoff picture. (Oklahoma City will make that leap now that they are healthy.)

Report: Deron Williams talking buyout with Nets so he can join Mavericks

Atlanta Hawks v Brooklyn Nets- Game Four

The Nets wanted out from under the contracts of Joe Johnson and Deron Williams this summer, but D-Will was always going to be the harder to deal. Williams is set to make $43 million over the next two years, which is a lot of money for an erratic 13 points and 6.6 assists per game (his per-game averages last year).

So the Nets may just buy him out.

Then he would go home and sign with the Dallas Mavericks.

That according to Marc Stein at ESPN.

Former All-Star point guard Deron Williams is in talks with the Brooklyn Nets about securing his potential release this offseason to clear the way for Williams to sign with his hometown Dallas Mavericks, according to league sources….

A buyout, if Williams’ representatives and the Nets can come to terms, would be Brooklyn’s preference compared to outright waiving the 31-year-old. The Nets have been adamant since the end of the season that they do not want to simply release Williams via the stretch provision, even though it would allow them to pay out his remaining salary over the next five seasons and reduce their luxury-tax bill, as long as such a measure is executed before the Aug. 31 deadline….

Sources say the Mavericks, by contrast, are very motivated to sign Williams after being spurned in free agency by DeAndre Jordan, provided Williams can extricate himself from the Nets and get to the open market.

Nets GM Billy King previously said there was no chance the Nets would buy out Williams. Apparently he meant no chance until there was zero chance he could trade Williams. Just buying out Williams would still leave the Nets with a pretty hefty salary cap hit they are trying to avoid (they are close to the repeater tax)  so waiving and stretching out his contract (spreading the salary cap hit over five years at more like $8.6 million rather than $21 million this year) is certainly a possibility.

Back in 2012 Williams chose Brooklyn over Dallas when it was time to renew his deal. However, he grew up in Dallas, and as an added draw his former Jazz teammate Wesley Matthews is now a Maverick player. Dallas certainly needs a point guard, and Williams would be an upgrade over Devin Harris and J.J. Barea.

This makes some sense for both sides. The Nets get out from under some salary and can start to rebuild. The Mavericks can be a little better, more respectable and maybe a playoff team in the West (maybe, the West remains stacked).

It’s something to watch. Brooklyn will do what it takes to get out from under this contract.