For months, as Deron Williams production waxed and waned, its inconsistency only highlighted by his 35-point performance in Game 4 of the playoffs, trade scenarios have been batted around. Deron to Sacramento, Deron back to Utah, Deron across the river to New York, their credibility strained by the realization that he is getting worse.
With $43.2 million left on his max contract, D-Will in the words of his coach is no longer a franchise player.
"He's a good player, he's a solid player, but I don't think he's a franchise player anymore. That's just my opinion. He's a good player," said Hollins after the playoffs. But good players don't get $100 million deals and there havent't even been the kind of rumors that Joe Johnson was the subject of Monday. The trade landscape looks barren and the Nets GM Billy King has said there's "zero chance" the Nets will stretch or buy out Williams, something that would leave dead money on the cap for as far away as 2020. So it looks like he'll be back.
Now, comes "sources" quoting "Nets execs" who tells Ohm Youngmisuk...
Sources say Nets execs believe there's a trade market for Deron Williams w/ belief that some teams think PG just needs a change of scenery
— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) June 29, 2015
This of course comes hours after Youngmisuk's colleague, Marc Stein, suggested there's also a market for the Nets other big bucks guard, Joe Johnson. Johnson's deal is expiring and Williams has both this year and a player option for 2016-17, making him more difficult to deal.
Suffice it to say, it's going to be an interesting two weeks!