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Will Deron Williams be the next Carmelo Anthony?

Posted on: January 24, 2011 4:17 pm
Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams expresses some reservations about the team's future. Posted by Ben Golliver. deron-williams

The Carmelo Anthony trade talks are in a bit of a lull, so to help fill the space let's take a crack at which NBA superstar will be the next to hijack the league's media coverage with his desire to change teams. The top early candidates, obviously, are Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard and New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul, but reports that we shouldn't count out Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams.
"It should be happening by now," Williams said last week. "We've just got to figure it out. We can't just come out and expect teams to give us games."
The "it" in Williams' mind is the maddening inconsistency of the Jazz, culminating in Utah's 0-fer road trip, including bad losses at  Washington and  New Jersey.
The Jazz have lost four straight, dropped to second place in the Northwest Division and are just 4-6 in their last 10 games. Things could be a lot worse, no doubt, but 2011 conventional wisdom says that NBA superstars aren't content to count their blessings, instead intent on finding greener pastures. also notes that Williams was frustrated with all of the roster turnover this summer, which included guard Wesley Matthews being signed by the Portland Trail Blazers, and Kyle Korver and Carlos Boozer departing to the Chicago Bulls.
"We lost Wes, we lost Kyle, we lost Booze, and it was like, 'What are we going to do?' And we bounced back and we added some good guys. We added Al, we added Earl, we picked up Gordon (Hayward) and Jeremy (Evans) in the Draft, and they've been two bright additions to the team. And I was pleased. We got Raj."
But is Utah as good defensively as it used to be? And does this team have the luxury of working all those new players in?
"Not really," Williams said. "My contract's up in two years. It's a now or never situation. I don't know what I'm going to do after this one."
Guh. That's a tough load to take for Utah fans, as Williams' words read like a soft ultimatum. Essentially: Get me help, or else.

Utah has historically been one of the best run franchises in the league, however it's a difficult destination to land a high-profile free agent. Ownership has expressed a desire to be financially prudent, which makes it difficult to compete with the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics of the world given the size of the Salt Lake City market.

The best case scenario for Utah fans: a new collective bargaining agreement that includes a franchise tag that would help keep Williams in a Jazz uniform. 

The worst case scenario? Just look across the Rocky Mountains.

Since: Aug 11, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2011 11:27 pm

Will Deron Williams be the next Carmelo Anthony?

Everybody who doesn't know Salt Lake City doesn't understand what a great place this is for a player to play and be cheered for. The Utah Jazz are always a good team. They always have a chance to win. Energy Solutions Arena sells out every game. The fans are, arguably, the most loyal fans in the league. There is over 2 million people along the Wasatch Front. Ownership has proven it will pay for the right players. Why a, so called, superstar would never come here is an insult. Deron Williams is a "King" in Salt Lake City. The way the NBA shoves Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Miami down our throats is maddening. Those markets make the league a ton of money. As a Jazz fan I should just be happy they get to the playoffs? What if you told a Laker fan that. We were one bad foul away from beating the Jordan lead Bulls in 1998. If Deron Williams does leave the Jazz it will be because the NBA wants him in a bigger market. For heavens sake how much money can you possibly need? These players make an obscene amount of money and then they want MORE? The NBA has lifted LeBron an Kobe above the game itself. The Utah Jazz are true basketball and it's a shame none of the name players want to be a part of it. Yes I'm bitter because I know Deron Williams will bolt when his contract is up. David Stern will see to it.

Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2011 9:38 pm

Will Deron Williams be the next Carmelo Anthony?

It is stupid to consider trading someone who still has two years left on his contract. Who knows what the NBA will look like in 2 years, considering a likely lockout for at least a portion of next season? And yes, Utah has struggled recently (lost last 4) but they are still the 6 seed in the West currently, in fact only 2 games back of being the 3 seed. Since 1983, the Jazz have only NOT made the playoffs 3 times ('04,'05,'06), and those were in the post-Karl Malone and John Stockton years. The Jazz will make the playoffs this year, no question about it.

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2011 6:43 pm

Will Deron Williams be the next Carmelo Anthony?

History will show that this is the decade of "the babies"! None of these so called top notch young players knows how to take a team to the next level. Before you start putting the rock into hole try showing some leadership. Instead of complaining about the talent your team lacks try making everyone around you better. I don't know what to believe in some of these blogs. Everything said can be taken out of context. I can only judge from the performance on the court. Against Boston Deron Williams was BENCHED not because Rondo was having his way (he was) but by the lack of any competitive spirit by Williams. As a Spurs fan we don't cotton to that kind of behavior down here in Texas. MAN UP dude! Get down and out but come back out of your corner swinging not tweeting or complaining.

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2011 5:57 pm

Will Deron Williams be the next Carmelo Anthony?

Its just a matter of time! I think Utah seriously needs to explore trading him. That way they can something in return rather than let him walk away during free agency! The Jazz started the season well but have struggled as of late. They will be lucky to be a playoff team when the end of the season nears.

I say trade him and get something for him!

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2011 5:47 pm

Will Deron Williams be the next Carmelo Anthony?

Utah fans have always known that Deron was not going to be like John Stockton and hang around for 20 years without winning a championship. Deron has a right to be frustrated, the team's been playing like crap with no end in sight. However, Deron has not played any better, and to top it has been acting like a giant baby. He is an All-Star and us Utah fans have been grateful that he has stayed around as long as he has, because right now we're getting a glimpse of what the team would be like without him. 

Deron's days are now numbered, it kind of scares me, unless the Jazz brass can make some moves, here comes obscurity. 

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2011 5:39 pm

Will Deron Williams be the next Carmelo Anthony?

@romeo If you're implying that Williams doesn't have talent around him your not paying attention.  I mean Nash has Lopez, and Channing Frye at Centr/Power Forward starting position.  If you take Nash off that team they are an 8 win team right now.  Frye is bar none the worse PF in the nba.  Williams has Al Jeferson and Milsap as his big man, if Phx had those two over Lopez and Frye...The Suns would be a 55-60 win team.  Are you kidding me?  D. Williams has so much young talent around him, if he can't win in Utah he wont win anywhere.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2011 4:59 pm

Will Deron Williams be the next Carmelo Anthony?

I can't blame Williams for feeling frustrated anymore than I can blame Melo for wanting to move on. Top notch players (and maybe most players want to win a championship. To even get to the point they're at, they have to be very competitive (as well as talented). The goal is to be the last one standing, and if the players they're playing with aren't able to do that, and the management either is unable or unwilling to put together a team to do that, it makes sense to go where they feel they have a better opportunity to do so. They know it's a business, but they're going to be paid a lot of money either way. Loyalty goes both ways between players and management.

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