According to Marc Stein and confirmed by NetsDaily, the Brooklyn Nets and Deron Williams are discussing a buyout deal that would end Williams' tenure in Brooklyn and, possibly, begin his new life as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.
Tension has been high for some time now, as Williams hasn't lived up to his superstar status as a member of the Nets, but how bad is it really between D-Will and the organization?
How about really, really REALLY BAD.
Around AS break, sources say Deron Williams had to be physically restrained from going after Hollins during a meeting to air out grievances.— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) July 10, 2015
Hollins, 61, is coming off his first season as the head coach of the Nets and, arguably, one of the top handful of coaches you'd probably not want to start a fight with. Or, at least one of the handful of coaches who would stand down from a fight.
More from Bondy, who has reported in the past on the idea that the Nets might look to part ways with Williams:
Even through last season, heard from people that DWill wanted out of Brooklyn so bad they believed hed decline player option for final year.— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) July 10, 2015
This won't end well. It can't.
Williams has drawn a line in the sand, so it seems, and the Nets have to respond. They have to. So, stay tuned.