Deron Williams PG BKN 1 month ago

Williams will not be waived or bought out this offseason, per GM Billy King, Al Iannazzone of Newsday reports.

Williams has two years and more than $43 million remaining on his contract, leading to some speculation that the cap-strapped Nets could pull a Josh Smith maneuver and buy out the deal, using the stretch provision to spread out the yearly cap hit. Doing so would save Brooklyn some cash in the short-term, but they'd subsequently be paying Williams nearly $9 million per year for five seasons to not play for them. It's simply too costly of a move, so it looks as though Williams will be back in Brooklyn for at least one more season. The contract would presumably be much easier to send off in a trade next summer when it transitions to an expiring deal.

Deron Williams PG BKN 2 months ago

Williams appeared in 68 games in 2014-15, making 55 starts and averaging 13.0 points, 6.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game.

Williams, who turns 31 in June, continues to experience a fairly drastic statistical regression exacerbated by a series of injuries. The former-All-Star's numbers have dropped every season since the franchise moved to Brooklyn, and he bottomed out in 2014-15, posting his lowest per-game scoring average since his rookie season and the lowest field goal percentage (38.7) of his career. Williams got off to a strong start, averaging 17.8 points and 6.3 assists on 45.3 percent shooting in November, but his numbers quickly curtailed, and he was pulled from the starting lineup in mid-December. Shortly after, hip and calf injuries would cost Williams 14 games throughout December and January, but he returned to action on Feb. 2 and scored 15 points in a narrow win over the Clippers. Six games later, he returned to the starting lineup, where he would remain for the rest of the season. Williams continued to struggle as a shooter over the final few months of the season, but he provided enough of a spark to propel the Nets into the playoffs. Brooklyn would fall to Atlanta in six games, with Williams averaging 11.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 32.0 minutes. He came up big in Game 3, however, hitting seven three-pointers and scoring 35 points to go with seven assists and five boards as the Nets avoided falling behind 0-3. Williams remains under contract for a dubious $21 million next season, a number that makes him very difficult to move. Some have suggested that Brooklyn could buy Williams out of his contract and use the stretch provision on the remaining money a la Josh Smith in Detroit but the team has stated that a buyout is "not in the cards." The most likely scenario is Williams sticking with the Nets through next season, after which he'll have only one year remaining on his deal, making him a more attractive trade piece next summer.

Deron Williams PG BKN 2 months ago

Williams is not expected to be bought out this offseason, reports.

Williams' rapid decline over the past couple of seasons has sparked speculation that the Nets may look to buy him out of his deal. While that would save the team money in the long-term, assuming the Nets use the stretch provision, they would end up paying Williams roughly $43 million not to play. According to David Aldridge, that's not something the Nets are interested in doing, so if they're looking to part ways with Williams, it will have to be via trade, which seems unlikely. Williams is on the books for $21 million in 2015-16 and holds a $22.3 million player option for the 2016-17 season.

Deron Williams PG BKN 2 months ago

Williams posted 13 points, five rebounds, and four assists in 27 minutes of action in Game 6 against the Hawks.

Williams is coming back from a five-point performance in Game 5, and while Game 6's outing was better, it wasn't good enough to help prevent the Nets from losing the series. Expect Williams to head into the offseason motivated to work hard.

Deron Williams PG BKN 2 months ago

Williams scored five points (2-8 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT) with six rebounds, six assists and one steal in 32 minutes during Wednesday's Game 5 loss to the Hawks.

After coming off a playoff high 35 points in Game 4, Williams could not get it going in this game. He was even benched late in the last quarter with coach, Lionel Hollins, turning to Jarrett Jack who got hot off the bench scoring 18 points. The Nets will need to win Game 6 at home Friday to keep the series alive.

Deron Williams PG BKN 2 months ago

Williams (knee) is in the starting lineup for Monday's Game 4 against the Hawks, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN reports.

Williams was limited in Game 3 by what teammate Joe Johnson called "severe knee tendinitis," but it appears he'll play through the ailment Monday. The veteran has turned in some decent all-around performances in the playoffs thus far - he's averaging 7.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists for the series - but he's struggled to score the ball, going just 2-of-15 from the field in Games 2 and 3. If Williams' knee becomes an issue Monday, expect Jarrett Jack to pick up his minutes.

Deron Williams PG BKN 2 months ago

Williams (back) is dealing with "severe" tendinitis according to his teammate Joe Johnson, the New York Daily News reports.

This news comes after Williams sat on the bench through the fourth quarter of Game 3 against the Hawks. At this point Williams should be considered a game-time decision for Game 4 on Monday. Fellow point guard Jarrett Jack is in line to compensate for Williams if the tendinitis is a factor yet again Monday and moving forward.

Deron Williams PG BKN 2 months ago

Williams said after Saturday's Game 4 that he didn't play in the fourth quarter in part because he was dealing with back soreness, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN reports.

Williams still logged 26 minutes of action Saturday but his inability to play in the fourth quarter is certainly concerning. Coach Lionel Hollins didn't necessarily qualify Williams' back soreness as the reason why he wasn't sent onto the court in the fourth quarter, so there may also be an internal disagreement between the two of them. Either way, Williams is a risky option moving forward with a sore back or with an unfavorable coaching situation.

Deron Williams PG BKN 3 months ago

Williams posted a double-double in 37 minutes Monday against Portland as he scored 24 points (8-18 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT) to go along with six rebounds and 10 assists.

Williams has now posted a double-double in two of his last three games and is helping the Nets make a big push for the playoffs. He has provided extra value from behind the arc as well as he has made 15 three-pointers over his last four games. Finally healthy, Williams is giving his fantasy owners a boost down the stretch.

Deron Williams PG BKN 3 months ago

Williams scored a season-high 31 points (11-18 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT) and doles out 11 assists in the win over Toronto on Friday.

Williams has played extremely well in the Nets' last two games. He has provided 57 points, nine 3-pointers, and 18 assists in wins over the Knicks and Raptors. It didn't hurt that Toronto was without Kyle Lowry (back). Williams will have a greater challenge Saturday against the Hawks.