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Deron Williams and the Knickerbocker issue

Posted on: February 20, 2011 1:27 am
Edited on: February 20, 2011 1:48 am
 
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that Deron Williams began informing associates after last season that he would follow Amar'e Stoudemire to New York. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com dropped a bombshell Saturday night amid talk of a Dolan-Isiah-Walsh conflict over Melo, the Nets' meeting with Anthony, and this whole ugly mess. From Berger: 

A person with knowledge of the conversations told CBSSports.com on Saturday that Jazz point guard Deron Williams began informing close associates after last season that if Stoudemire wound up in New York, Williams would follow him there as a free agent in 2012. If the Knicks got Anthony with the three-year extension under current rules, it is not clear whether they'd have enough cap space to add a player such as Williams, Chris Paul or Dwight Howard when the trio become unrestricted free agents after next season.
via Nets reportedly back in on Melo after Dolan jumps in - NBA - CBSSports.com Basketball .

So here's how this play will probably get executed. 

Williams will, of course, strongly deny the report tomorrow whenever a reporter manages to ask him. Half the people will freak out over the media and half will freak out because of the implications of this on the current season. That's how these things are structured, to leak word while providing cover. Just enough for there to be analysis of the player's fit with the prospective team, and just enough to allow for hand-wringing over the veracity of the claim. 

Williams just came through the resignation of Jerry Sloan, with reports indicating Williams was involved in a locker room confrontation the night before Sloan announced he was leaving the Jazz after over two decades. Williams vehemently denied any such conflict with Sloan, but the repercussions caused by the Hall of Fame coach's departure are still being felt. 

At the time, we talked about how Deron leaving after that debacle would be "worse than LeBron ." News that Williams has been considering a departure for such a major market before this season will leave its mark on the Jazz even as the team flounders, trying to hold on to a playoff spot. Welcome to the big time, Deron Williams. You might want to get some advice from Melo on how crazy it's going to get. 
Comments

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2011 10:29 pm
 

Deron Williams and the Knickerbocker issue

With winners.....Not saying Utah or Memphis but like I said what has NY done in basketball in the last 30 years that alot of other teams havent? Made it the finals and lost, twice.



Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2011 2:00 pm
 

Deron Williams and the Knickerbocker issue

Where should most high profile Superstars prefer to play? Probably Utah or Memphis I guess!! LOL



Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2011 1:56 pm
 

Deron Williams and the Knickerbocker issue

Yes, that's right, the evil NY media and the NY Knicks with thier idiot of a owner are responsible for all NBA propaganda.  Pleeease.



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2011 10:53 am
 

Deron Williams and the Knickerbocker issue

I think alot of these stories are leaked by New York Knick fans and media. Why would all these players want to play for the Knicks?? How man championships those their franchise have? What great player are you teaming up with?? Amare is good, but he hasn't reached that great pedastol yet.



Since: Jan 23, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2011 8:54 am
 

Deron Williams and the Knickerbocker issue

Adding a franchise tag doesn't guarantee a player from leaving it only protects the team and gives them more if the player signs somewhere else. The steelers just franchise tagged Woodley. If he leaves they get 2 first round draft picks for him.



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it does stop the player from leaving but the team has the option of letting him sign elsewhere aand getting 2 first round picks for the player and unless the player is peyton manning or tom brady most teams wont sign a player and give up 2 first round picks , looks like the steelers want the picks not the player




Since: Jun 1, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2011 12:51 am
 

Deron Williams and the Knickerbocker issue

I hope Dwight Howard opts out early and head for the Clippers where the future is. 
We now Clippers has the cap space since
they were trying to sign LeBron.  Kobe will be washed up in a few years,
and Dwight Howard will still be in his prime, but probably can't wait any longer
for chance at the ring.  In a few years, Blake Griffin will develop a killer jump shot
and the two would be unstoppable dunk fest.  They just need a couple
mediocre guards like Barron Davis, and a few shooters like James Jones in Miami,
and they should be ready to take it to next level.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 7:12 pm
 

Deron Williams and the Knickerbocker issue

Adding a franchise tag doesn't guarantee a player from leaving it only protects the team and gives them more if the player signs somewhere else. The steelers just franchise tagged Woodley. If he leaves they get 2 first round draft picks for him.



Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 6:22 pm
 

Deron Williams and the Knickerbocker issue

FYI...  Houston is the 4th largest city in the US @ 2.5 million people.  Approx 2x the size of Dallas.  Philly also is in the top 5 or 6 cities in population w/ 1.5 million as well so I'd count that as Large Market.    



Since: Dec 30, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2011 6:20 pm
 

Deron Williams and the Knickerbocker issue

Thats a pretty scray thought right there!!



Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: February 20, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Deron Williams and the Knickerbocker issue

"PG- RoseSG- DengSF- BoozerPF- NoahC- Howard"
Uh...huh?  I'm confused.  Did Boozer become really, really athletic since the game last week that I saw?  If not, having him play SF would quite possibly be one of the silliest things I've seen since watching Justin "Baby...Baby...I'm gay" Beiber playing over All-Star weekend.


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