The Brooklyn Nets were expecting to be serious title contenders last season, but age and injuries shut those hopes down. Deron Williams has dealt with multiple injuries over the past couple of seasons, and the Nets could be looking to move on from him if they get a fair offer.
According to a report from Rick Reeves, the Nets are open to moving Williams, but it is unknown if they are actively shopping him or not.
#Nets are open to trading Deron Williams, source says, but it’s unclear if they are actively shopping him.
— Rick Reeves (@NBAReeves) July 17, 2014
There will certainly be some teams checking in to see what it would take to acquire Williams from the Nets. He is still one of the top point guards in the NBA when he is completely healthy, and he is a great scorer as well. Plenty of teams need upgrades at the point guard position, and the Nets are probably at the point where they are willing to take back 2-3 solid players that will both have roles and a pick or two for him.
Williams ended up playing in 64 regular season games with the Nets last season, starting in 58 of those appearances. He averaged 14.3 points, 6.1 assists, and 2.6 rebounds per game, and saw his free-throw and three-point percentages take dips. At 30 years of age, he doesn’t have a lot of great basketball left in him, but if he can stay healthy he could lead a team for the next 3-4 seasons.
Overall, it will be very interesting to see if the Nets are serious about trading Williams and what teams begin to show interest. He has the potential to help carry a contending team to the next level and possibly to a championship, but he has to figure out how to stay healthy in order to do that. Expect to hear quite a few rumors surrounding Williams’ name over the next couple of weeks.