The trade talks that would have sent Deron Williams to Sacramento have been described as "dead," "virutually dead," "cooled," or stalled, but one person who would like to see them reinvigorated in Kings coach Ty Corbin, who was an assistant coach in Utah when D-Will played for the Jazz. Moreover, Tim Bontemps confirms an earlier NetsDaily report that Nik Staukas, the No. 8 pick last year's draft, is a Nets target in the proposal.
Here's what Corbin said of Williams, who six weeks ago was Player of the Week in the East but is now a back-up to Jarrett Jack.
"You know, during the course of the season, you go through some peaks and valleys. He’s still a quality player in this league. I thought he was having a better year than last year during the early part of this year, and now he’s banged up a little bit.
"But I still love the player, man. He’ll work his way back into it and he’ll be the player he’s been in this league. I don’t think we can afford to relax on him at all. He’s a great player and can turn it on at any time."
Bontemps reports that the two GMs, the Nets Billy King and the Kings Pete D'Alessandro, were both at Barclays Center Monday night. No indication they talked -- or resolved issues. In the most talked about scenario, the Nets would give up Williams in return for Darren Collison, Derrick Williams, Jason Thompson and Stauskas.
The sticking point remains Mason Plumlee, who the Kings are insisting on and who the Nets are just as adamantly refusing to included. Plumlee had the best game of any of the players rumored to be included. Bontemps writes of the Nets interest in Stauskas, the former Michigan sharpshooter who's just starting to come into his own.
"The Nets also were interested in acquiring rookie guard Nik Stauskas in such a deal, whom the Kings were hesitant to part with," the Post writer reported.
Meanwhile, in this weekly video mailbag, Chris Mannix of SI reiterated that Brook Lopez, not D-Will, is the most likely of the Big Three to be moved because of his youth and because of his record as a solid offensive player.
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Mannix Mailbag: Will Nets trade Brook Lopez or Deron Williams? (Video) - Chris Mannix - Sports Illustrated