11:27 am: The Nets phones have been ringing all morning but they are rejecting offers to trade Deron Williams, according to sources and multiple other reports.
That includes them rejecting the idea of a Pau Gasol for Williams trade, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. Apparently that was offered before the season and the Nets rejected it then, too.
My first reaction was they had to make a move, but after thinking more about it, at this point standing pat is their best option. Any offers they get would be lowball ones, other teams playing the vulture trying to scavenge the Nets carcass. They can try to make big move around the draft or try to convince Williams to stay because they will get him help.
By the way, ESPN is reporting before the season the Nets rejected a Pau Gasol for Deron Williams deal.
Still bet D-Will ends up in Dallas next season, however. Leaving the Nets screwed.
9:35 am: Welcome to the Nets nightmare.
They wanted to move into a beautiful new building in Brooklyn next season with Dwight Howard and Deron Williams as their stars. They wanted to challenge the rival Knicks. They wanted to announce their presence with authority in the nation’s largest market.
Instead, Howard is staying in Orlando (probably, no paperwork yet). That after the Nets had worked hard and moved to the front of the line to trade for Howard. Then he changed his mind (or finally committed to what he really wanted) and decided to stay put.
That means Williams will likely opt out this summer — and if he is a free agent the smart money says he signs a max deal to play for the Mavericks back in his home town of Dallas.
The Nets have to try to make a last minute trade to move Williams. It’s that or risk getting nothing for him when he walks this summer. That said, with every team in the league knowing that Williams is going to opt out and become a free agent, it’s going to be hard for the Nets to get anything of value back.
They gambled big on getting Williams last year, giving up promising rookie Derrick Favors, a couple first round picks and more. They bet that they could keep him and use him to attract other players. They bet Williams and Brooklyn was going to change everything.
Not sure what kind of deal they can put together, or if they can get one done, but they have to look at it.
Williams has enjoyed living in New York. It’s a selling point. But the losing is wearing on him and right now it’s hard to see how that changes anytime soon for the Nets.
Welcome to their nightmare.