Wednesday, December 28th, 2011 at 2:30 pm  |  56 responses

Deron Williams Wants New, ‘Top-Tier’ Teammates

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

Deron Williams is at an interesting place in his career. He is in his prime, plays for a terrible team, but one with the potential to be successful if the right moves are made by the front-office.

The key word here, is “if.”

Deron Williams has said that he’d be willing to sign a contract extension next summer and move to Brooklyn with the Nets, but they’re going to have to get him some help (and soon) in order for him to truly buy in.

Williams made this crystal clear following last night’s 36 point-loss at home to the Atlanta Hawks.

The NY Times reports:

The speculation about whether Williams will re-sign with the Nets after the season and continue to be the face of the franchise in its transition to Brooklyn has been rampant. Unfortunately the team’s flaws were apparent in a 106-70 loss to Atlanta on Tuesday night. At a party for him in SoHo after the game he made it clear that the team needed to improve.

“We need some more pieces,” he said. “There’s no secret about that. There’s not many starters on our team right now. We have a lot of great role players, a lot of guys who know their job, but in this league you need some top-tier guys so you can get the job done.”

The Nets’ interest in acquiring Dwight Howard is the League’s worst-kept secret, but Brook Lopez’s foot injury has thrown a monkey wrench into those plans for the time being.

This final season for the Nets in New Jersey will be fascinating, as they try to build for an increasingly uncertain future.

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  • http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_history.html Allenp

    Seems like a fair quote. The headlines makes it seem a bit more subversive.

  • ctkennedy

    Bye to Jersey then…If im Otis Smith i rather Dwight walk than take back Brook Lopez

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Come to LA my friend. We could use you. You could use us.


    ^^^ I’m not a Laker fan but i agree ^^^^

  • AD

    this isnt news……….. @ctkennedy you should not be allowed to post after saying that

  • ctkennedy

    @AD …Why is that?….BrookLopez aint worth takin back …they better off bein garbage n hopin they hit the jackpot with a top 5 n the future

  • AD

    @ctkennedy……… if you think brook lopez is that badd than i guess so but numbers dont lie, despite the horrific rebounding stat last year….. 20 pts a a game is good for a 23 year old and would only get better with pat teaching him…… i doubt anyone in college can be as good or better than brook

  • JTaylor21

    AQWORD you are a Bulls fan, and a dumb one. Nets aren’t trading Deron period.

  • ctkennedy

    @AD he can score no doubt …but if im Orlando i would gut the whole roster Nelson,Hedo,n JRich would have to go with Dwight …they only work cuz of Dwight ..i cant have a top 5-10payroll n the league fightin for a 8th spot n the playoffs

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    Damn, talk about sh*tting on your current teammates…

  • T-Money

    O: he’s keeping it 100 tho. he never asked to be traded to NJ and i applaud him for not leading them on. he’s not pouting and he’s not dogging it but if they don’t sign anybody, he’s gone. starting morrow, damion james, petro… that’s not a respectable team. avery should start by starting his best players: deron, farmar, shawne williams, kris humprhies, okur.

  • Gametimeweezy

    Deron isn’t the one to ask to carry a team I guess… I thought thats what a franchise player does.

  • AD

    @ctkennedy i feel you but u need at least some1 to rebuild or help and brook can be that guy…….. deron is right and i repect him because he seems to always be up front and speak his mind….. the nets are a buch of limited role players. morrow can only shoot… james can only reb …… kris can reb and shoot da mid range j sometimes… the rest of the team are just shooters or average defenders…. marshon brooks is an bright spot tho but with dwight this team is def a contender…….

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    Damn O, he said they were great role players who did their job great. He didn’t say they were all awful scrubs. Relax there.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Anyone else miss the days when the contending teams had 1 star, and a bunch of good players, or role players? Robinson and the Spurs, Olojuwon and the Rockets, Drexler and the Blazers,Barkley and the Suns, Jordan and the Bulls *no one knew Pip would become the player that he was when being drafted*, Ewing and the Knicks,etc.etc. Now it seems all the All Stars are joining forces in hopes of having “the advantage” come playoff time.. Sure, I like to see superstars do their thing, but always fun to watch the little guys “step-up” (Paxon,Kerr,etc.)

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com chiqo

    way to flame your teammates on a night where you had six turnovers in 25 minutes, deron.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    All those teams you just named had multiple all stars when they were competing except the Rockets. — And championship contending teams have typically had multiple all stars as long as the NBA has existed. This notion that stars playing with stars is new, is not only wrong. It’s stupid.

  • DeeDre

    @ NBK it is new to a certain degree. These current state of the NBA today is that stars are coming from different teams in which they were stars on and joining forces. Lebron, Dwayne and Chris can’t even be compared with any other threesome in NBA history. And even if you found one, they definitely didn’t come together at once. They developed on the same team. The NBA today is seeing a new trend in which players feel like they have to join a team like the Knicks, Lakers, etc. (Teams with already two stars) just to compete.

  • http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_history.html Allenp

    I was going to say the same thing NBK.
    Portland had Terry Porter, Duckworth, Kersey, Clifford Robinson and Buck Williams. Pull the stats and draft position on those cats in your spare time.
    In his prime, Admiral was running with Terry Cummings, Dale Ellis and Sean Elliot. Again, look at these players careers.
    Hakeem had weak talent when he got his ring, but solid role players.
    Barkley had KJ, Marjele, Dumas and really good role players.
    Pull the numbers on Bill Cartwright. Horace Grant.
    Ewing was lacking in talent, and his team struggled because of it and he got blamed. Although he had some decent players around him and his teams were deep.
    Y’all need to get your history game up for real. If you’re too young to remember those squads (I’m 31, so I remember watching them as a kid) then go back and check the rosters on Basketball Reference.
    And Deron slummed by taking too many shots last night. Tough shots. But, some of those turnovers were the result of players not really understanding where they need to be.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    KAJ (said he would only accept a trade to New York or Los Angeles, 1975), WILT (demanded a trade out of Philadelphia in 1968), SHAQ (Free Agent). DeeDre. Those guys switched teams in their primes and won championships afterword. With the Lakers. And basically forced their way there, just like they do now, 35 years later.

  • ClydeSays

    Kidd took a collection of role players & scrubs to 2 Finals. Yeah, the East was WAY weaker then, but still. A great PG can do alot for a team full of ‘role players’.

  • Ajamu

    Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor. George McGinnis, Darryl Dawkins, Julius Erving. Julius Erving, Moses Malone,”The Bost0on Strangler” Andrew Toney. Kareem,Magic,Worthy. You need 3, and even then you may not win the “ship”. Ya’ll a bunch of youngsters. You don’t win champiomships without multiple all stars. Ask Bill Russell.

  • http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_history.html Allenp

    I think players are just less willing to trust general managers to get them help.
    Remember Kobe demanded to be traded to the Lakers to play with Shaq. He didn’t just happen to end up there.
    The biggest difference is that players are being more vocal about using their leverage to determine where they play and who they play with. And people like it better when teams had that power alone. It was more comforting to them. But, it definitely wasn’t more comforting to players like Chauncey Billups, Kurt Thomas and Jim Jackson. Teams have never shied away from using their power to benefit themselves. Now players are doing the same things.

  • LA Huey

    People not only seem to forget that Dream had Drexler in his ’95 title run, but they apparently didn’t know Otis Thorpe was just one year removed from an All-Star berth when the Rockets grabbed the ’94 chip. So many people think Hakeem dragged a bunch of bums to the chip like LeBron carried the ’07 Cavs to the Finals. Those Houston teams were staffed with role players that played like All-Stars in crunch time. Sam Cassell, Robert Horry, Kenny Smith, Mario Elie, and Vernon Maxwell are rolling in their graves…

  • http://www.nba.com/analysis/rules_history.html Allenp

    It’s very rare that you win without multiple stars.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I was strictly thinking about 94 – and I didn’t say they were bums, just not all-stars.

  • LA Huey

    nbk, if that was a response to my comment. I wasn’t going at you, I know we pretty much stand on the same ground when it comes to the importance of having more than one great player to win titles.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Oh fa sho, I just realized when i responded i said the Rockets had none when Hakeem won that title. Not thinking about the second one.

  • Ben Ireland

    Kings find a way to trade salmon + Garcia + thompson + outlaw for expiring contracts. Get a solid pick in the draft and go after deron + dwight in the summer. Deron, Tyreke, Thornton, Cousins, Howard? Chance to create history with an unsccessful francise?

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Not enough stars to go around this L.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Ben Ireland, yes, that will happen.

  • Ben Ireland

    No lakeshow it wont, but one can dream!

  • LA Huey

    LOL. So the Kings find someone to take all and only their basketball garbage for virtually nothing in exchange, then turn around and pull off an even more impressive free agent heist than Miami’s 2010 haul? I’m glad that worked out for you in 2K, bro.

  • Gametimeweezy

    I don’t think this is anything new… superstars without help have always wanted to play with better players and requested trades.
    The only thing that is semi new is how quick the media can get a players displeasure out to the world via the world wide web.
    Like it used to be I’d find out about blockbuster trades by waiting for the new SLAM mag to come in the mail.
    Now everybody and anybody knows who’s getting traded where and for what, before the trade even goes down.
    Players wanting to play with the other superstars to win a ring is not a new trend. Barkley jumping on the Rockets. Dominique signing with the Spurs. Mashburn on the Heat with Zo and Tim Hardaway.
    This has always been going on. Wilt to the Lakers, and then McAdoo. Walton to the Celtics. Moses Malone to the Sixers. It’s natural.
    The only thing nowadays is how quickly the whole thing gets blown out of proportion. And I don’t blame the media per say, players, agents, and gm’s are lacking in couth.
    Playing right into the medias hands.
    Just ask Dwight Howard.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    ^ well said

  • anonymous

    williams needs another player who can put the ball in the basket. he has too much weight on him offensively. he needs another backcourt mate who can take some of the offensive load off of him. it`s not rocker science. he needs somebody who can score and make plays for the other teammates – a playmaker. yes, jersey is still in the running to land dwight but it would really benefit them to win some games before lopez gets healthy and they their renew trade talks with orlando. it would also benefit jersey to have more than just dwill as an option in trying to lure dwight from orlando because a certain in miami, fl has set a standard of having not 1, not 2, but 3 players who are capable of scoring 20+. there are still some free agent guards available – AI and Arenas – and jersey needs to sign one of them. I was kind of surprised jersey didn`t sign a guard before the season started but it has to be done.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    He will become a Laker, if we can’t get Dwight Howard. Here is some inside information. BOOK IT!!!


    MIAMI JUST BLAZED THE BOBCATS TO THE WIRE. The Big 3 took care of business proper. Bron had another solid performance with ill plays , dunking on cats so fast they didn’t count the hoop , savin the ball after Chris’s block(LIKE A BOSH B!(HES) in the illest manner to Wade for the dunk & Wade done what he do best TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS. GO MIAMI !! oh yeah D Will to L.A. , he belongs in the showtime WTF he doin’ in N.J. ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Man D-Will (next to D-rose) is my favorite PG, I’d love to see him in a Laker jersey

  • Orange

    the nets will have a super team in the near future.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Im glad most of you got my point.. Theres a difference between a Superstar, and a all star.. Alot of guys can be all stars just being on the right team at the right time..

  • Everynowhere

    @gametimeweezy how many of the retired players you mentioned demanded a trade in their prime? most of them tried and failed and when they got older they decided to join forces with other players. That idea isn’t new. What’s new is superstar players leaving in their prime to play with other superstars. @nbk at 5:08, kareem and wilt asked for a trade but they weren’t championship chasing because they each won one already. As for Shaq…unless he can see the future he got lucky that kobe developed into a superstar during his prime.

  • http://knicks.com Gametimeweezy

    All the time. Barkley demanded a trade from Philly. An unhappy Dominique was traded to the Clippers for Danny Manning. Kareem from the Bucks. Chris Webber wanted out of Golden State after one year.
    But i definately hear you. Theres a difference between old man Karl Malone and Payton jumping on the Lakers. But look at the Blazers with Damon Stoudamire, Steve Smith, Rasheed, Pip and Sabonis, Bonzi Wells, Brian Grant and Kemp… that WAS a superteam.
    All in their prime except for Sabonis, Pip and Kemp.
    But yea lately it is getting worse in the eyes of the public, probably because of LeBron leaving Cleveland was such a spectacle. Like he was a bad guy… Players used to just leave after the contract was up and that was accepted. Pack they ish and was gone. It wasn’t blown out of proportion as much.
    Shaq, see ya. Mutombo, bye bye Denver. Tim Hardaway, I’m out..
    Ken Griffey Jr., Wayne Gretzky, Jerry Rice. Players used to just leave without getting anything in return. Except for compensation picks in football and baseball. Hmmm…

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    ^cosign… If nothing else, I started a conversation in a chat based on D-Will wanting better players on his team.. Hope everyone is enjoying Tis season…. Better late than never, eh?


    Yeah. Do you see Dwight going to N.J. ? Thought so.

  • http://nycbasketball.com Harlem_World

    The real problem is, lack of superstars to go around! Especially bigs! We are probably in the worst era for quality bigs than we’ve ever been. Outside of Dwight, now Yao Ming has retired, Shaq retired, who else comes close to being considered a legitimate superstar at the C spot? Lopez numbers look good (points), but is he really championship material? Remember when we had Hakeem, Ewing and Robinson battling in the middle? The top quality bigs have fallen off a whole lot since then.

    We need to do a better job of finding and developing talent for the game to continue to grow in quality.

    As for D-Will, he will go wherever Dwight is. Both of them looking for a star player to team with to challenge the growing superstar teams around the league (Miami, NY, both LA’s) – they know if they don’t, they won’t ever win a chip as a main contributor. Sounds crazy, but I could see Dallas re-upping next year, gutting the team out and going after both of them. Dirk, Dwight and Deron. Cuban will do whatever it takes to keep Dallas in the mix and they clearly aren’t that with this new disjointed team.

  • matt

    No player could’ve done what LBJ did for the cavs did in 2007.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    everynowhere, if you don’t understand that when LA gets the best bigman in the league they will 100% of the time start to compete for a title then you just plain don’t understand what your talking about. Nobody said they were “championship chasing” they wanted to be in a bigger market (where they could gain more fame & money) and they wanted to compete for a title. Just like Chris Bosh did with Toronto. And LeBron with Cleveland. And Carmelo with Denver. And Chris Paul with New Orleans. And Deron Williams with the Jazz. And Dwight Howard with the Magic. Do I need to keep going? The difference is, we live in a 24/7 media cycle, we know of information we would have never heard 20 years ago, and we are hearing it the day it becomes a possibility. Just like everything else, people are the same as they have been for thousands of years. They want a better more profitable situation. Infact, players demands are not as ludicrous as they used to be, (Magic Johnson threatened to not come into the NBA if he didn’t go to the Lakers, could you imagine a rookie making that threat today?) except Steve Francis.

  • J.J.

    T-Money, one problem with your starting lineup: Jordan Farmar never turned into the player the Nets hoped. Since I live in the NYC area, I see him a lot on TV: I don’t find him a good shooter, ball handler or passer. He can fill off the bench 5 minutes at a time, but he’s not a 33- to 35-minute player.

  • Tinman

    Everyone keeps talking about Dwight to NJ. How about D-Will to o-town?

  • War-Machine526

    Why does everyone keep saying Deron to the Lakers? If they try and get him in free agency, they can’t, the Lakers already are over the cap by an obscene amount. Okay then, lets trade him! Wait. With what assests? Bynum? They’ve already got Lopez who is younger and is better offensively. Pau Gasol? What team wants an ageing power forward, who has been proven that he cannot not carry a team by himself (Memphis, anyone?). Lamar Odom? He was traded to the Mavericks. So please tell me, do the Lakers have magical powers that they can use to just simply erase all of their cap space that is used? Are they going to convince the owner of the Nets to trade a top ten player for a possibly top 30 player with their magical powers as well? You Lakers fans sicken me with your stupidly and arrogance sometimes.

  • Everynowhere

    convincing arguments. @nbk i meant chasing championships haha. y’all have to admit though that players meeting in the summer (years before they become free agents) to discuss the possibility of being on the same team is a new idea. I have no opinion on it, just saying I never heard of anything like that.

  • Kim mathenge

    That’s his fault for allowing himself to be traded to New Jeresy. you have 1 team in the least so far and that’s miami good for bid the media will be kissing there @$* for the next 6 years. Especially espn and tnt. Mitch cupcake jim buss and mark Cuban should all sign up to be mvp if the heat win the least again trading odom and getting nothing. letting chandler and barera leaving as free agents.

  • Kim mathenge

    i’m pretty sure avery johnson wanted no part of New Jeresy but mark Cuban fired him.

  • R.

    avery got fired and picked the nets job instead of the bulls coaching job..what are you talking about? avery didnt want the nets job? avery picked that job ..he had other choices…you don”t trade coaches last time i cheaked …lol..Kim that comment was just crazy..

  • UltimaCarta

    D-Will and Dwight will end up with the Mavs. You know its true.