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Report: Nets don't want to buyout Deron Williams
|by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com|
|(5/12/15) Although Nets guard Deron Williams is due $43 million over the next two seasons, the Nets have no interest in buying out his contract, sources told NBA.com.
Williams averaged 13.0 points during the 2014-15 season, but he shot a career-low 38.7 percent from the field. He also missed 14 games due to a variety of injuries.
Nets want Brook Lopez back, but open to dealing other stars
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(5/6/15) The Nets want center Brook Lopez back. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson? Not so much.
General manager Billy King confirmed Wednesday his commitment to sign Lopez if, as expected, he opts out of his contract in favor of unrestricted free agency in July.
"For us to get in the playoffs that stretch, [Lopez] was the guy who carried us," King told the New York Post. "He was our best player. Without Brook Lopez, there's no way we even get to where we go to this year.
"I'll say it again: We want him back. I want him back, [coach] Lionel [Hollins] wants him back, ownership wants him back. We've all said it. There shouldn't be any more doubts about it."
King, however, is open to trading Williams and Johnson.
"We're going to explore all options, as we have [previously]," he added. "Will there be a trade? There could be, but I'm not sure."
Though his numbers were down from the previous year, Lopez was particularly productive as the Nets fought for and won a playoff spot. He finished the season averaging 17.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
G Joe Johnson: Nets likely to be broken up in offseason
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(5/2/15) Nets veteran guard Joe Johnson doesn't know how the roster will change next season. But he does believe that it will be quite different.
His team finished under .500 and lost in the first round of the playoffs despite boasting such talent as Johnson, Brook Lopez and Deron Williams. The Nets simply didn't mesh.
"I don't see us coming back as the same team," Johnson told the New York Daily News. "This is my third year here. I could see if we were getting better each year, but it's been kind of the opposite. So to not even be a .500 ball club in the East, it's disheartening and I don't know. I think everyone in the locker room is unsure of the future here."
The Nets have no cap space and pick 29th in the draft. Lopez and Thaddeus Young appear destined for free agency. Johnson could be traded. So could Williams, whom coach Lionel Hollins recently claimed is not worthy of a max contract.
Hollins was still complaining Saturday.
"I thought we had a higher basketball IQ as a group than we did," he said. "That was a big thing. I thought we had more toughness and all of that. But as a coach, looking from the outside, that's what I always say until you come in and coach a team you don't know for sure. I thought the skill level was better ... but we worked around it and that's part of coaching."
Williams declined to to speak to the media as he and his teammates gathered their bags and took off.
Nets coach Lionel Hollins: Deron Williams no longer a franchise player
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(5/2/15) Nets coach Lionel Hollins said that his point guard Deron Williams is a solid player, but shouldn't be expected to be a franchise player any longer.
"He's not a franchise player anymore," Hollins said during his exit interview Saturday morning, per ESPN. "He's a good player, he's a solid player, but I don't think he's a franchise player anymore. That's just my opinion. He's a good player. I'm proud of the way he's bounced back and played, and there's so much pressure on him to be a franchise player, and everybody talks about a franchise player, but we need to have a franchise team.
"That means we have everybody going out there and playing hard, playing together, sharing the ball. If a guy is open, he makes a shot. If a guy is not open, he passes to another guy and he makes the shot. To me, that's what basketball is about. It's not about a franchise player. I mean, those guys come along once in a lifetime, and everybody doesn't get a chance to coach one. When you don't have one, you can't say you can't win. There are teams that have won championships without franchise players, what everyone considers a franchise player. I'm not worried about that. That's something you guys talk about and worry about. I worry about us going out there and playing hard, playing together and trying to scratch and claw to win a game. That's what it's all about."
This isn't the first time Williams has been criticized for his inconsistent play and his injury-riddled run with the Nets over the past three seasons. Future Hall of Fame forward Paul Pierce spoke candidly back in April about his disastrous season with Williams and the Nets a year ago, calling it "horrible."
"Before I got there, I looked at Deron as an MVP candidate," Pierce said in an ESPN interview with Jackie MacMullan. "But I felt once we got there, that's not what he wanted to be. He just didn't want that. ... I think a lot of the pressure got to him sometimes. This was his first time in the national spotlight. The media in Utah is not the same as the media in New York."
Williams lost his starting role to Jarrett Jack from late December to early February this season while he recovered from a rib injury. He also dealt with a severe case of tendinitis throughout the season and finished his 2014-15 campaign averaging a career-worst 13.0 points, 6.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 68 games (55 starts).
The Nets entered the postseason as an eighth seed and were bounced out of the first round by Atlanta. Williams was held to only 11.8 points and 5.5 assists while shooting 39.1 percent from the field in the series.
Nets G Joe Johnson says chemistry to blame for disappointing season
|by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer|
|(5/2/15) Guard Joe Johnson said that the Nets' coaching change this season was not the reason the team underperformed, citing chemistry issues with teammates Brook Lopez and Deron Williams as the reason, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The Nets were a five seed in last season's Eastern Conference playoffs but fell to No. 8 this year, losing in the first round to the Hawks.
|After another year derailed due to lingering ankle issues, Deron Williams finally had surgery on both of his ankles this offseason. Hopefully going the surgical rout will help get Williams healthy, as he was limited to just 64 games during his most frustrating season yet in 2013-14. Williams averaged just 14.3 points and 6.1 assists per game in his 64 appearances a year ago, the lowest averages he has posted since his rookie season. He has tried to manage the pain in his ankles over the last few years with regular rounds of cortisone shots, but has suffered continual setbacks at every step. There are still plenty of questions about whether Williams can stay healthy and find the form that made him one of the top point guards in the league, and hopefully surgery can help answer them. At this point, Fantasy owners have to consider Williams too big a risk to be worth targeting in the first few rounds, so start looking his way in the middle third of the draft.
(Updated 8/26/14) |
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