Tag:Deron Williams
Posted on: June 12, 2011 4:58 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2011 4:59 pm

Deron Williams to follow LeBron James to CAA?

New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams is reportedly considering joining CAA, the agency that represents LeBron James. Posted by Ben Golliver. dwill-lebron

Any time a star player hits the market these days, you have to figure that Miami Heat forward LeBron James has something to do with it. 

On Tuesday, Bloomberg News reported that New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams fired his long-time agent. Within less than a week, reports have surfaced linking Williams to the agency that represents James and his Miami Heat brethren: CAA.

Yahoo! Sports reports that Williams is "strongly considering" changing his representation to CAA.
James has been a part of recruiting everyone else over to his side – Wade, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul. And now, the New Jersey Nets’ Deron Williams is strongly considering joining up with CAA after firing his longtime agent. Within the NBA, this surprised people because Williams had always been so fiercely independent. He never star-gazed James like most of his young teammates, and never seemed inclined to follow.

“LeBron has almost become a movement within the league,” says a league executive who’ll recruit these players in 2012. “With Worldwide Wes [CAA agent William Wesley] and him, you’re making a decision as a player to be packaged the way they packaged him. They follow him.” 
Earlier this week, the Salt Lake Tribune also reported that Williams is "expected to sign with agent Leon Rose, a source said Tuesday." Rose's agency was recently purchased by CAA.

If Williams joins CAA, it will be huge free agency news. Williams is under contract with the Nets for next season, but has a player option after that. In other words, he could start trying to force his way to a better club as soon as this year's trade deadline (if not immediately) by letting the Nets know he doesn't plan to pick up his option. 

The Nets went all-in trading for Williams and they don't have much surrounding him. Surely, they'll feel the pressure this summer to do whatever it takes to get him talented teammates immediately. But should Williams have a different destination in mind, there's not much stopping him - save an overhauled Collective Bargaining Agreement - from becoming next year's Carmelo Anthony. 

James and company paved the way for star players to realize how to maximize their leverage. If you're Williams, watching the Heat compete for a title in Year One, what is there to convince you that following in those footsteps isn't a good idea? 

Posted on: May 18, 2011 6:17 pm

Basketballers abound in top 50 most marketable

Posted by Royce Young

There's really no denying that "The Decision" had a major impact. LeBron James knew what he was after. He wanted to become a bigger star, expand his brand become more marketable.

Well, looks like it worked.

SportsPro released their list of Top 50 Most Marketable Athletes and James ranked No. 2 only behind Usain Bolt. One other basketball player was in the top 10 (Carmelo Anthony, No. 6).

Also on the list: Yao Ming (11), Kobe Bryant (13), Dwyane Wade (15), Kevin Durant (30) and Deron Williams (48). Surprising omission? Where's Dwight Howard?

But the fact remains: Basketball players have always done in marketability. You can clearly see their face, see emotions and connect better with them. They're some of the most exposed athletes in the world and it's easy to get a sense of what they're like.
Posted on: April 15, 2011 7:39 pm
Edited on: April 15, 2011 7:42 pm

Deron Williams to consider extension with Nets?

Deron Williams is reportedly interested in signing an extension with the New Jersey Nets this summer. Posted by Ben Golliver. deron-williams-nets

Without a doubt, the most shocking move at this year's trade deadline was the out of nowhere trade that saw the Utah Jazz send franchise point guard Deron Williams to the New Jersey Nets. 

Once the dust settled, Williams realized he was now the floor general for one of the league's worst teams, a franchise with a new owner, a new coach and dreams of moving to Brooklyn, but little else. 

The fact is that unless Williams, a free agent to be next summer, commits to the Nets, he could be in for a frustrating season next year. No free agents will want to join the Nets unless they know Williams will be there and New Jersey's front office will be paralyzed if they can't be sure they will have Williams to build around.

The New York Post reports that it sounds like Williams is open to committing to the team this summer.
“I like the organization a lot,’’ said Williams, who will be a free agent after next season, assuming a lockout doesn’t cancel the NBA's 2011-12 campaign. “I like the direction it’s going. I could definitely see myself staying here.’’
Williams, who will be moving his family to New Jersey, said he’s open to signing a contract extension this offseason.
“I would like to not have the distraction (of looming free agency) during the season,’’ he said.
Those are potentially franchise-altering words for the Nets, who desperately need to retain Williams given the expensive price they paid -- Devin Harris, Derrick Favors and picks -- to obtain him. Williams is good enough to have the Nets in contention for the playoffs next season, by himself, and that, plus the move to Brooklyn, could go a long way to helping the Nets achieve their goal of becoming a top destination for free agent talent.
Posted on: April 12, 2011 8:42 am
Edited on: April 12, 2011 8:58 am

Deron Williams has wrist surgery, out 6-8 weeks

New Jersey Nets All-Star point guard Deron Williams underwent successful wrist surgery. Posted by Ben Golliver. 
Back on Friday, we noted that New Jersey Nets All-Star point guard Deron Williams was set to undergo season-ending wrist surgery. 

The Bergen Record reports that the surgery was a success and that Williams will be able to "resume basketball activities in 6-8 weeks." 
The surgery, performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, included the removal of three bony fragments.
“The bony fragments and scar tissue taken from Deron’s wrist today were interfering with this ability to flex his wrist,” said Dr. Riley Williams III, the Nets team orthopedic doctor, who performed the surgery with hand specialist Dr. Andrew Weiland.
Williams’ wrist will be encased in a soft splint for two weeks, after which time he will begin rehabilitation.
That timeline puts Williams healing right around the start of June, so he will have all summer to get his wrist back to full strength prior to the start of training camp. 

That's good news for the Nets, who traded a boat load of assets to acquire Williams from the Utah Jazz shortly before the NBA's trade deadline. The clock is already ticking on their ability to re-sign Williams, who will have the option of becoming a free agent at the end of the 2011-2012 season.
Category: NBA
Posted on: April 8, 2011 10:58 am

Amare' Stoudemire out Friday against Nets

Amar'e Stoudemire out Friday against Nets
Posted by Matt Moore

Amar'e Stoudemire will miss Friday night's game versus the New Jersey Nets, and Chauncey Billups may be out as well for the Knicks. Deron Williams will also miss the game after wrist surgery. 

Here's a list of the six best players that will be playing in this game. Carmelo Anthony, Brook Lopez, Toney Douglas, Anthony Morrow, Sasha Vujacic/Landry Fields. 

May God have mercy on all those who choose to make it out to Newark's arena tonight. 

Stoudemire's dealing with a sprained ankle, and with the Knicks having locked up a playoff spot, there's no reason to avoid shutting him down until he's as healthy as can be. They've only got a half-game lead over Philadelphia for the sixth seed, but really, there's not much difference between facing the Heat and the Celtics. They're outmatched either way. They have a four-game lead over the Pacers to avoid the Bulls in the first round, but then, New York's had the most success against Chicago. Go figure. 
Posted on: April 8, 2011 10:40 am

Deron Williams done for the year

Williams to have wrist surgery, out for the rest of the regular season.
Posted by Matt Moore

Deron Williams has had one of the more rollercoaster seasons you can have. Started off on a hot Utah Jazz team, kept coming up with comebacks, toppled the Heat, started to fade, hit a long losing stretch, battled with his coach, his coach who had been with the team for 28 years resigns, he's traded to the Nets, who assume he's going to re-sign, his wife delivers a baby girl, he's on a lottery squad, they start to make a move for the playoffs, that falls off, he gets injured. 

And now, surgery. 

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports Williams will undergo surgery on his wrist to remove bone fragments Friday. He will miss the rest of the regular season (which isn't as scary now as it used to be, since the season's only got another five days on it). It's unfortunate he'll be dealing with the injury when he should be getting acquainted with teammates, working out, trying to fit into New Jersey and getting his mind right after a tumultuous year. Then again, considering the lockout, he could be on the shelf for quite a while to heal and still have time to do all those things. 

Williams won't have international competition to worry about, won't have the grind of the playoffs, the wear and tear on the body. He should be in good condition to recuperate from surgery, then get his mind and body right for his contract season. He's going to have to come up with a strategy to shut down questions about where he's going in 2012, something no one, from LeBron to Dwight Howard, has been able to figure out. Meanwhile the Nets will have to continue to woo the man they already traded for, which they likely did not anticipate. It's been an up and down year for Deron Williams. 

And it's going to continue on that path for the foreseeable future. 
Posted on: March 31, 2011 6:24 pm

Jazz on the verge of the wrong side of history

Posted by Royce Young

I'm not sure anyone, Nostradamus included, could've predicted how this Utah Jazz season would turn out. Jerry Sloan resigns/retires mid-season, Deron Williams is traded and the team completely falls on its face and is set to miss the playoffs for one of the few times since the team moved to Salt Lake City.

And all this after they were a chic preseason pick to win the West and verified that with a strong 15-5 start. But it all started to fall apart in January. The Salt Lake Tribune lays it all out very well.
The Jazz’s dramatic mid-season collapse has left casualties. Gone are two once untouchable coaches, and an Olympic talent was traded away. The fall started suddenly, then picked up speed and has changed the face of the organization while significantly altering its future during an already uncertain time.

It is also on the verge of becoming historic.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, no team in NBA history has ever started a season 15-5 and not made the playoffs. In addition, no squad during the 64-year timeline of the league has reached 27-13 and not qualified for the postseason.

The Jazz stand on the precipice of both.

Utah’s elimination number has dwindled down to one with seven regular-season contests to go. Either a Jazz loss or Memphis win during the 14 games that remain for both teams will automatically end Utah’s playoff bid, disbanding the 2010-11 Jazz ahead of schedule and preventing the small-market franchise from receiving a postseason payday for the first time in five years and just the fourth in 28.

That's pretty unbelievable. Think about it all for one second. Jerry Sloan leaving? That's crazy. Trading Deron Williams? Just as wild. And then going from 27-13 and a certain Western Conference playoff team to now basically eliminated? Put all of that together and you have one of the most up and down seasons for anyone , ever.

I honestly think this Jazz season is worthy of a two-hour DVD or something. Remember that crazy stretch back in December where they spotted teams double-digit halftime leads and came back in like five straight to win? Remember their wild win in Miami with Paul Millsap losing his mind in the fourth quarter and overtime? Remember how they were really good?

And now this. Now they're 36-39 and have most recently dropped six straight. Since sitting at 27-13 halfway through the year, they've gone 9-26. That's bad. That's like Washington Wizard, Minnesota Timberwolf, Sacramento King bad. The way they've lost at home, the way they've been unable to stop anyone, they way they've seemed to lose focus in close games -- it's been almost staggering.

It's easy to point at the Williams trade, but it was really unraveling well before then. The tension between Sloan and Williams combined with the entire team struggling to buy in to the system. Al Jefferson just wasn't fitting into the flex offense and the Jazz missed Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews and Carlos Boozer a lot more than they expected. They probably would still be a playoff team -- barely -- with Williams, but general manager Kevin O'Connor saw the writing on the wall. Best to blow up and start anew.

I think the natural move is to point at new coach Ty Corbin but obviously I don't think anyone is to blame. That roster has undergone quite the transition leaving All-Stars like Boozer and Williams for new guys like Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and Gordon Hayward. The team is trying to transition and so far, it's been pretty painful. I mean, Earl Watson has started the last 10 games at point guard. That kind of says it all doesn't it?

The Jazz have been trying break through for a long time and make history. They're about to make some now, but definitely not the kind you want your name next to.
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 30, 2011 9:16 am
Edited on: March 30, 2011 9:18 am

Should the Utah Jazz draft Jimmer Fredette?

The Utah Jazz have reportedly scouted BYU star Jimmer Fredette at least 10 times in person. Will they draft him? Posted by Ben Golliver. jimmer-fredette

Should the Utah Jazz draft BYU star Jimmer Fredette? Of course they should. 

He's a regional icon, he has a defined NBA skill in a draft without many players who fit that bill, he has accumulated a certain starpower that the new-look Jazz are badly lacking and he fits the Jazz culture to a T. With two lottery picks in this year's draft -- thanks to a midseason shake-up that sent franchise point guard Deron Williams to the New Jersey Nets -- the Jazz are positioned better than anyone else to absorb any risk factor that might accompany a player like Fredette, who plays questionable defense and is a shoot-first, shoot-second type of college guard that can struggle adapting to the pro game.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Jazz are apparently interested in Fredette and have extensively scouted him.
Twenty-eight of the 30 league clubs requested credentials at the Marriott Center this year, and the Jazz were foremost among them. Their personnel, including Kevin O’Connor, have watched Fredette play in person between 10 and 20 times. At least 25 scouts were on hand when BYU played at San Diego State.
One team executive who requested anonymity because he’s not permitted to comment on prospects says Jimmer’s offense is a go, but his defense is a real concern.
The Jazz organization is in a place that it hasn't been for decades: searching for an identity. With long-time coach Jerry Sloan gone, with Williams gone, with new coach Tyrone Corbin still getting his sea legs and with a roster that suddenly looks mish-mashed, the Jazz are staring at a future filled with fourth place finishes in the Northwest Division. 

That reality means the Jazz either need to do something to win fans' hearts or win games. Jimmer can certainly handle the hearts in the short-term. Drafting a guy to buy rebuilding time isn't always the wisest decision, but here it makes a lot of sense.  
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