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8 Deron Williams PG
Height/Weight: 6-3/200 | Birthdate: 6/26/1984 | Birthplace: Parkersburg, WV | Team: Brooklyn Nets | College: Illinois | NBA Experience: 9 | Owned/Started%: 98/75 | Average Draft Position: 44.28
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Report: Nets don't want to buyout Deron Williams


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) 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
(5/6/2015) 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
(5/2/2015) 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
(5/2/2015) 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
(5/2/2015) 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.


Nets guard Deron Williams ties playoff career-high with 35 points


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Nets point guard Deron Williams scored 35 points on 13 of 25 shooting from the field, including 7 of 11 from 3-point range, in Brooklyn's 120-115 overtime win over the Hawks to even the series 2-2.

Williams' 35 points tied his playoff career, which he set in 2009 with the Jazz against the Lakers. Williams also dished out seven assists and pulled down five rebounds in the contest. 


Nets' Deron Williams (tailbone) in starting lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Nets point guard Deron Williams is in the starting lineup for Monday's Game 4 matchup with the Hawks, NorthJersey.com reports.

Williams suffered a bruised tailbone in his team's Game 3 win and watched from the bench as point guard Jarrett Jack helped key an 18-0 run as the Nets took their first home game in the series. They'll look to even things up Monday in Brooklyn.

Williams has averaged 6.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists in the first three games of the series. The Nets are 5-point home underdogs in Game 4.


Nets coach Lionel Hollins steadfastly defends PG Deron Williams


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Nets coach Lionel Hollins steadfastly defended Deron Williams to the media on Sunday, saying his point guard has played well and has not warranted the negative criticism he's been receiving, according the the New York Daily News.

"Talking about Deron, though, from a playing perspective, Deron has played well," Hollins said. "He's gotten us off to great starts with his pace. He's made passes and when you're getting seven, eight assists in a game and eight to 10 rebounds, you're doing a lot of stuff right."

"I'm disappointed in how everybody is coming down on Deron and treating him like he's a pariah. Deron's a good person, he's a good player," Hollins added.



Nets' Joe Johnson: Deron Williams also dealing with tendinitis


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Nets guard Deron Williams is hoping to play against the Hawks in Game 4 on Monday despite having an injured tailbone. However, there's another injury he's apparently dealing with too.

According to the New York Daily News, teammate Joe Johnson said Williams is enduring a severe case of tendinitis as well. Williams has been banged up for a while so news that he's playing through this injury as well isn't too surprising. 

If Williams sees his minutes limited against the Hawks, Jarrett Jack will step in and run the show at point guard. 

 


Nets' Deron Williams (tailbone) hopeful to play in Game 4 Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Nets point guard Deron Williams suffered a bruised tailbone after a hard fall midway through the third quarter of Saturday's game and did not return, The Record reports. He said he'd hopefully be healthy and ready for Game 4 Monday in Brooklyn.

Williams remained in the game initially after suffering the fall, but after a missed shot and a turnover he went to the bench and didn't see any action for the rest of the game. Jarrett Jack came in to orchestrate an 18-0 run that helped lead the Nets to their first win of the series.

"It’s frustrating," Williams said. "It’s frustrating for me to be banged up, but we won tonight. And like I said, that’s the only thing that matters. Brook (Lopez) had a heck of a game tonight, you know, on both ends of the floor, rebounding. He did everything tonight. Joe (Johnson), big plays."

Jack finished with five points, eight assists and five rebounds in 27 minutes of action.

"I just try to be ready when my number is called," Jack said. "We have a hell of a starting point guard in D-Will. Right now, he’s a little bit banged up. So if I have to come in to give him some relief I try to do the best I can. I know he’s took a number of bumps and bruises, he’s got back, tailbone, fingers, knee. But the kid is tough, he’s resilient. He’s battling through it, fighting through it, still giving us a pretty good charge for it. Hats off to him, and I’m sure he’s going to have a great game coming up Monday and, if not, I’m there to help him out, as well."


Wizards star Paul Pierce gives tongue-lashing to Nets


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Future Hall of Fame forward Paul Pierce spoke candidly Tuesday about his disastrous season with the Nets a year ago, calling it "horrible." He verbally trashed Brooklyn point guard Deron Williams in the process.

"It was just the guys' attitudes there," Pierce told ESPN. "It wasn't like we were surrounded by a bunch of young guys. They were vets who didn't want to play and didn't want to practice. I was looking around saying, 'what's this?' Kevin (Garnett) and I had to pick them up every day in practice.

"If me and Kevin weren't there, that team would have folded up. That team would have packed it in. We kept them going each and every day.

"Before I got there, I looked at Deron as an MVP candidate. 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."

Pierce added that he is "much happier" with the Wizards, who are heading to the playoffs. Meanwhile, Williams and the Nets have lost their last two games and are on the brink of elimination.


Nets G Deron Williams tallies 24 points, 10 assists in win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/6/2015) Nets guard Deron Williams went for 24 points and 10 assists in the Nets' victory over the Trail Blazers on Monday.

Williams added six rebounds and hit four of five 3-pointers in the win.

G Deron Williams' 31 points, 11 assists carry Nets in win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/3/2015) Guard Deron Williams recorded game highs of 31 points and 11 assists as the Nets hold off the Raptors on Friday, 114-109.

Williams' 31 points is a season best.


Nets' Deron Williams drops 26 in win over Knicks


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Nets guard Deron Williams scored 26 points on 11-of-16 shooting in Wednesday night's 100-98 win over the Knicks. 

Williams made 4 of 7 shots from behind the arc during the game. He also had seven rebounds and seven assists. He also recorded one steal and only committed one turnover in 34 minutes of play.

''We're just finding ways to win ballgames,'' Williams said after the game, per the Associated Press. ''We start off great and have some lulls. Tonight we had two, but at the end we buckled down and did what we had to do to win.''

This is the second-highest point total for Williams this season. His season high is 29, which was done on Nov. 7.


Nets guard Deron Williams (illness) says he will play Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) After missing Monday's practice due to an illness, Nets guard Deron Williams was able to participate in Tuesday's shootaround and said the illness is no longer an issue, reports NorthJersey.com.

Despite suffering from the illness since Saturday, Williams was able to play Sunday and he expects to play in Tuesday's game against the Pacers.

The Nets are 2-point favorites.


Nets clear Deron Williams (illness) to play Sunday vs. Lakers


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Despite suffering from an illness, Nets guard Deron Williams will be available to play in Sunday's game against the Lakers, reports Newsday.

The illness caused Williams to miss Saturday's practice.

The Nets are 7 1/2-point favorites.


Nets list Deron Williams (illness) as game-time decision Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Nets guard Deron Williams is considered a game-time decision for Sunday's game against the Lakers, reports the New York Daily News.

Williams has been dealing with an illness, which caused him to miss Saturday's practice.

The Nets are 7 1/2-point favorites.


Deron Williams doesn't practice with Nets on Saturday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Nets guard Deron Williams didn't practice with the team on Saturday, due to illness and was not in the arena. His status for Sunday's game at the Lakers is unknown. 

Williams is averaging 12.8 points and 6.3 assists this season. 


Nets G Deron Williams scores game-high 20 in loss to Cavs


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Nets guard Deron Williams scored 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field in Wednesday night's 117-92 loss to the Cavaliers. 

Williams made all five of his free-throw attempts and contributed six assists, two rebounds and one steal. This is the first time since March 2 that Williams posted 20 or more points in a game. 

Williams didn't get much scoring help as Brooklyn's second-leading scorer was guard Bojan Bogdanovic with 12. 


Nets PG Deron Williams scores team-high 25 vs. Mavericks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Nets point guard Deron Williams scored a team-high 25 points on 9 of 14 shooting, including 4 of 6 shooting from behind the arc, in his team's 104-94 win over the Mavericks on the road Saturday.

Williams turned in his best scoring performance since early November in the win, his team's third during its eight-game road trip. He also kicked in six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 35 minutes. The point guard has played 33 minutes or more in each of the team's five games since the All-Star break after reaching that level just once in his first six games since returning from a January injury absence.

The Nets will finally return home Monday to face the Warriors.


Nets' Hollins on Deron Williams' shooting woes: It's 'not happening'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) Nets guard Deron Williams has struggled to find his shot as of late, and his shooting woes continued Monday against the Bucks. After knocking down two of his first three shots Friday night against the Knicks, the 30-year-old has missed 19 consecutive shots.

His coach, Lionel Hollins, shared his thoughts on Williams' slump following a 103-97 defeat to Milwaukee.

"I feel bad for the kid, because he's trying and it's just not happening," Hollins told reporters, per SNY.

Williams is averaging 13.0 points, 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds through 37 games this season. Since returning from a fractured rib, Williams has knocked down only 26.2 percent of his field goal attempts (11 for 42).


Nets guard Deron Williams struggles due to illness


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) Nets guard Deron Williams played on Monday against the Bucks, but had a tough time. 

Williams came into the game questionable due to an illness, but attempted to play through it. He did not score any points, going 0-5 from the floor. Williams added two rebounds and four assists over 23 minutes. He also turned the ball over four times during the contest. 


Nets guard Deron Williams available for Monday's game


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) Nets point guard Deron Williams is available for Monday's game against the Bucks after missing shootaround with an illness, the team announced.

Williams, who is averaging 13.3 points and 6.2 assists in 36 games, is still recovering from a rib injury that kept him out of action for three weeks.

The Nets are currently 5 1/2-point underdogs against Milwaukee.


Report: Nets unsure if Deron Williams will play Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) Nets guard Deron Williams missed Monday's shootaround because of an illness and his status for Monday's game at Milwaukee is unclear, reports Newsday.

Williams has played played in the last four games after returning from a rib injury. In 36 games, he is averaging 13.3 points and 6.2 assists.

The Nets are 5-point underdogs.


Nets guard Deron Williams scores 15 points in return to action


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) Nets guard Deron Williams scored 15 points on 5 of 8 shooting, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range, in Brooklyn's 102-100 win over the Clippers Monday. 

It was Williams first game back on the court in nearly a month, added three rebounds and three assists to his totals Monday.

"He was Deron," coach Lionel Hollins said after the game.

Williams felt his conditioning was part of his strong performance.

"I’ve been running on the treadmill a lot and trying to stay in shape," Williams said. "Maybe it was just the adrenaline and it’ll catch up with me next game, but we’ll see. I felt really good. I didn’t feel winded at all. I’ve been running a lot."