Trade Rumors Flying Ahead Of Deadline

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — We don’t have to wait until the March 15 trade deadline for the fur to fly. Things are already plenty interesting.

Dwight Howard‘s name is hot in the streets of Orlando, Newark, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Dallas and beyond. Deron Williams should know the feeling. His name is all over the place as well.

Where they go, no one knows for sure. Not yet at least.

But in the absence of substantial facts, let the games begin …

Kidd and Williams on the same team next season?

Jeff Caplan of highlights the connections (they share the same agent, Jeff Schwartz) between the two point guards and how they could very well end up on the same team next season:

As he did in Los Angeles earlier this season when the Nets swept through town concurrently, Kidd smiled at the notion of backing up Williams, a free-agent-to-be, in Dallas next season.

“Deron is one of the best point guards in this league,” Kidd said. “He puts a lot of pressure on you offensively and plays both ends. I’m a big fan of Deron’s and if he was to come back here that would be great.

“I’m all for it.”

Of course, Kidd, who will also be a free agent this summer didn’t rule out a return to the Nets in a backup role behind Williams if, say, one Dwight Howard, also a free-agent-to-be this summer if not traded first, also found his way to the franchise’s new home in Brooklyn.

“Brooklyn has its appeal,” Kidd said. “Last summer was a little damper because of the lockout, but this summer with the free agents that are out there should be entertaining for everybody to see who ends up where.”

One thing is for sure; Kidd, who turns 39 in March and said he’d still like to play two more seasons to get to 20 years in the league (he’d be 41), is ready to give up the key to his starting job after 18 seasons.

“Oh yes, yes,” Kidd said. “If he wants them right now I can give them to him.”

There are rumblings from different directions (and one extremely close to the situation) about a disgruntled Lamar Odom wanting an exit from his situation in Dallas, which forces us to pay even closer to attention than normal to the Mavericks as the trade deadline approaches.

Williams has Dallas connections, having grown up there and playing his high school ball in suburban Dallas. Even Nets coach Avery Johnson is publicly acknowledging the Mavericks’ chances of making waves in the Williams sweepstakes, telling Tim MacMahon of

“He’s a threat, OK?” Johnson said of [Mark] Cuban after the Nets’ practice Monday night at SMU. “I know the guy. I think because of the success he’s had — and I know he got criticized a lot for quote-unquote having all those years where he didn’t win a championship — but he’s had some great success here that rivals any situation. So that’s a threat.”

Williams, whose team plays the Mavericks on Tuesday night, pretended to not be aware that the Mavericks would have enough salary-cap space to be major players in free agency this offseason. He made it clear that he had no intention of discussing the possibility of joiningDirk Nowitzki in Dallas next season.

“I’m just going to play out this season and look at my options after this season,” Williams said, repeating several variations of that statement during a five-minute session with the media.

This is only the beginning!


  1. Dan says:

    I’m just gunna throw it out there and say Dwight Howard goes wherever Deron goes. If Dwight were to go to LA, or Dallas, he might win 1 or 2 titles and then they both teams will have to start rebuilding again and I’m sure Mr. Howard wouldn’t like to go through that process again. So hopefully he decides to go to NJ where Deron is, or Hop on over to Chicago and pair up with Derrick Rose.

  2. lord p says:

    Trade moving Ray allen to the Spurs,Boston receiving Richard Jefferson and the rights on future draft picks

  3. Choker says:

    no i dont think Dwill will leave the Nets

  4. Karl says:

    D-Will for Nelson, Turkoglu, a bench player & 2 future first rounds. C`mon Otis. Bring Deron to Orlando!!!!

  5. jmd23808 says:

    Dwight + D-Will + Kobe for the Lakers… get rid off Bynum and Gasol their too slow…

  6. David says:

    Miami is the best team right now and is a place every player has to consider. Plus, they are not “more over the cap” than the lakers.

  7. Dj says:

    Well something to think about is the fact that we still have to wait and see what the second half holds. New Jersey has been an injury infested team since the start of the season. But if you saw the game against the Mavs last sight, you would have seen Brook Lopez come back to form with 38 points. What if the Nets finish with not a good but better record than now, keep Deron and Brook and sign Dwight as a FA. A few more then added players would make this nets team seem like a contender to me.

  8. JSM01 says:

    What about the Knicks trading Anthony & Chandler for Howard & Turkoglu? Orlando would get a top 10 player in return and the Knicks would be contenders.

  9. Vikaas says:

    PRIX you dont know sh it about lakers … lakers will never ever let kobe go … kobe is taking his retirement from lakers may be 4years from now or 5years ….. now being a laker fan we need 2 changes we need to let go ron artest and derek fisher no matter how hard we try but we need to get dereon williams …. if that happens lakers are gonna be undefeated .. we dont have to trade paul or bynam neither we want howard …. we need point guard who can score like di-will offensively and on defensive front ….. plz plz mitch get di-will dont screw up anymore ….

  10. Thomas says:

    Deron to Orlando, easy wins.

  11. Rich What? says:

    Perhaps as the Lakers have a desperate need for an athletic PG, perhaps Gasol and Blake too New Jersey, While Bynum and and someone else to the Magic for Superman.

  12. CJ Downs says:

    Earlier this month, there were a lot of rumors that Deron Williams was in talks with the Hawks. Not sure if it’s true or not but either way, there’s a 90% chance he won’t be in a Nets jersey next season.

  13. chairman says:

    Williams to miami, trade chalmers, james jones, pittman and two 2nd round draft pick!

    • David says:

      Miami needs to find a deal that will get them both Williams and Howard. It does not matter if they trade their entire rest of the team.

  14. dgt2 says:

    new contract should turn the old one void ,so i reckon new team should adhere to the new contract fair n straight!

  15. prix says:

    I think it´s time for changes..the Lakers and Orlando have a reputation for being a competitive team but now there team is a piece of trash even they spend a lot…Lakers care only in winning and not for the players..Kobe is aging, he will be traded soon with Bynum, if not for Williams and Dwight going to L.A..Kobe will end up in the Nets just like Vince before and L.A has a future..sorry..not with Kobe anymore…

  16. Nathan says:

    Dwight is only going one place, Lakers, the guy would be mad not to, money and a team with enough capability to bring him titles, the one thing on his already impressive resume. Mind you dont be surprised is Deron ends up there as well.

  17. NYer says:

    That would be crazy if both Deron and Dwight end up on Dallas next season.

  18. Luke says:

    I think he might go and heres why.

    Honestly the Nets don’t have a great team right now, I think that much is evident. Where they to get Howard however I think he would stay for sure because, well, it’s Dwight Howard.

    Word of caution though, as an Arsenal football supporter I have watched for seven years while money was put into a state of the art stadium and not into the team itself. We won no trophies during this period and so our best players left us and now we have trouble attracting top talent too. So although the gate reciepts are up and everything looks great, that is no guarantee of success or of a player’s desire to play there either. So once the arena is good to go, it may be sometime before it hosts a Conference Finals!

  19. Mav says:

    lol..both Howard and Williams will be in Dallas this summer…they will be called the “3D in the BIG-D”…sounds good right?
    3D=Dirk, Dwight and Deron!

  20. 17,6 says:

    do the mavericks have enough money 2 sign both of them? cuz if they do i say either the nets get both howard and d will or the mavs get both howard and d will…i’m not sure if the lakers want him…we don’t need a center we need a PG which is y we were tryin 2 land cp3…bynum and gasol r as good as it gets offensively, ron ron can’t score if his life depended on it but can still play D, obviously the Black Mamba still has some gas in the tank, but no disrespect 2 fisher ( I and every laker fan should appreciate everythin’ he’s brought to the organization especially the big shots) but its time 2 let him go…

  21. kd mvp says:

    dee thats what people said of bron bron as well.

  22. Shakil Mirza says:

    i doubt D-Will will leave, i think Jersey is in talks with D-Howard. But they’ll have to give up a whole lot of money, 1st round picks, and players! So i’ll doubt that’ll happen! But anything can happen in the NBA!

  23. Belizeboy says:

    Williams doesn’t care about an NBA title. He’s just and opportunist who will play for the right amount. I’m sure he doesn’t want to be on a losing team either but I don’t see him rushing to join Howard or another superstar in hopes of getting a ring.

  24. quaresma says:

    beşiktaş seninle ölmeye geldik, deron reis

  25. Hezbula says:

    I’m definitely keen to see Deron in Dallas. He would thrive and would easily own Carlisle’s system…

  26. TheBee says:

    why dont Dwight and Deron William join forces with another team!

  27. Dj says:

    D-Will and Dwight will own Brooklyn, I can’t wait.

  28. aj says:

    he will leave, he said he would like to return home & play for his home town…..

  29. r-boy says:

    pau gasol if traded, should be in a team were he can the leader like when he was in memphis. Houston would be a great stop

  30. Flemo says:

    You know what would be great?!?! Deron to Orlando! Can’t see it happening, but hey us Magic fans can dream can’t we?! lol

  31. KG says:

    D-Will + D-Howard + Mr. 24 = 6th 7th 8th 9th ring for the black mamba…. LAKERS FTW 🙂

  32. jmd23808 says:

    Dwight and D-Will to Lakers for Bynum and Gasul…

  33. Peter says:

    i would totally go for a nice nets team, but if Nets want Howard, they will now have to give up half of the team…almost like NYK with Melo. But it cud def work out for them. I mean, WIlliams and Howard…that would be a MUCH better duo than Jameer Nelson and Dwight…im sure Howard would appreciate an upgraded PG. We will see tho…next 2 weeks will be something 🙂

  34. Kevin says:

    Deron is absolutely leaving Jersey. The Nets gave up their entire future to enjoy Williams for approx one season. Smart move Nets……..

  35. BIG J says:

    I’m sure the new contract will be valid, so if a player signs a new contract then gets traded the team recieving the player also recieves the new contract but remember if the player is owed 60 mil for 6 years the team only has to make enough room to spend 10 mil per year

    • robbay2 says:

      I am pretty sure Deron Williams wasnt sitting in front of me 3 rows up at the Finals last year for no reason.

  36. Dee says:

    Deron’s not leaving Jersey.. (Brooklyn).. he’s a nice guy and I doubt he’d screw us over like that! LETS GO NETS! BRING US HOWARD!

    • court says:

      if they dont get howard its curtains for nj

    • Stag says:

      @Dee- Deron Williams might be a nice guy, but if you don’t think he’ll leave Brooklyn like he left Salt Lake, then you are straight up crazy.

      • TreShiq says:

        Nice and wanting to win a championship with a good team, are not cotenets in the NBA. Dwight Howard would be considered nice, and he’s outta there(orl)… Akron OH was Lebrons hometown..He loved his City..shoot the franchise and the City’s revenue were on his back and he KNEW that,…bounced like a hot check up outta there..Chris Bosh,Melo, Amar’e , Derek Fisher ( when he went to Utah) none of these guys were Satan’s spawns..or MEtta world Peace aka Ron Artest aka malice at the Palace starter….they weren’t Isiah Thomas, or Rodman..and they ALL left. the NBA is a business and competition…Nice has nothing to do with it.

    • Daniel says:

      He will do what’s best for his career not you or the fans, same goes for dwight.

      He doesnt care about the fans, anywhere he goes he can get new ones, dwight hasn’t decided yet if he will stay put or leave orlando since his mom is telling him one thing and his career would be better off doing another.

      Deron just wants to win, and he cant do it in brooklyn with dwight and farmar, johan petro, kris humphries, and shawne williams.

    • Jake says:

      I could totally see him leaving. Players like two things: Playing for a contender and money. Dallas has both, Jersey has one. Dallas wins

    • Matthew says:

      Dwight ain’t going to that weak team he going to Dallas or Lakers but I bet both of em go to Dallas or L.A

    • Stb says:

      Nice guy? He was real nice when he ran his own plays instead of the plays called by a HOF Coach and ran said coach into retirement. He screwed over the Jazz and was traded away before he could hold them hostage like he is doing to NJ now. Thanks for the D. Harris, D. Favors and draft picks just so you could rent D-Will for 2 half seasons (the guy who is too nice to screw Jersey).

    • Daniel says:

      I don’t want to be a jerk but I wouldn’t be surprised if he leaves New Jersey since he was only excited to play there in the first place because of the prospect of a big name free agent (Dwight) heading to Brooklyn too. It seems less and less likely that Dwight will end in New Jersey, at least in my opinion, otherwise a deal would have been done by now. I hope for the sake of the Nets franchise that they don’t get screwed over but I see it likely happening.

      Having said this, Brooklyn will be a large market and with Brook Lopez around to control the paint, the Nets would be able to lure in some talent somehow via free agency, even if they don’t keep Williams or get Howard.

    • juan says:

      he is leaving brooklyn if they dont get dwight if they dont get dwight he is definitely going to big D

    • mAVs26 says:

      You Wished! D-Will is going to Dallas first then next is D – HOWARD! :DD My Mavs will repeat this YEAR!

      • robbay2 says:

        3D in Big D

        Dwight Deron and Dirk. I read it’s possible but there would have to be a lot of cuts and that includes Kidd and Marion and I am not ready to lose either for trade or cutting.

      • Rich says:

        Mavs lineup – Dirk, Diwght, Deron, Shawn, Carter, Kidd, Terry, Brandon, Ian, Rodrigue, 5 more role players.
        Now we’re talking !

    • rob says:

      Yeah right. D Will is either headed to Dallas. Or back to the Utah Jazz

    • hashman523 says:

      Don’t be so sure about that. He did in fact leave the Jazz, who were better off then the current nets, and even Dwight Howard with all of his smiles wants to leave his team. Of course, there is the chance that they come together in Brooklyn, but I still think that Dallas is a bigger contender for Deron.

    • BBall Yoda says:

      Its not about being nice or a villian, its business. If Deron thinks that if he can be successful else were, then he should leave. Howard is not going to end up with Nets. Howard wants a big franchise, and brooklyn well, cant really compete with MSG. Knicks are going to be the heart of NY, specially now with Lin. Howard needs another home, so does Deron. There are few teams that can use Point guard like him, ex. Lakers. In my opinion, Lakers need Deron more than Howard. Dallas also needs a pg. There are better teams than nets that can utilize Deron.

    • Ken Adams says:

      That is what we thought in Utah!

    • pdid says:

      “Screw us?” The man’s got to think of his career. He’s too good to be stuck on a bad team.

    • Someguy says:

      Sorry Dee, but there’s a reason that Utah made the trade. He’s not going to stick around. Deron’s #1 priority is winning and that’s not happening anytime soon in New Jersey (or in Brooklyn). He also keeps his cards very close and won’t say a word about the move he’ll make until it’s a done deal. Until then it will all be the same “look at my options” talk, but mark my words he’ll go wherever he thinks he’ll win. Right now my guess would be on Dallas, but we’ll have to wait and see how the trade deadline changes things.

    • KDS says:

      Tell that to one Jerry Sloan. He knows everything about Deron’s commitment and loyalty.

    • Belizeboy says:

      That nice guy got Jerry Sloan fired.

    • danny says:

      ….um….hate to burst your bubble but…..your talking about the guy that forced a legendary head coach into retirement followed by his own trade out of the city that thought the same you know that right?

    • TheFoot says:

      lol yeah and he also didn’t have anything to do with Sloan leaving the Jazz either…. wink wink !!!

    • jempag41 says:

      we’ll see…

    • ko0kiE says:

      I doubt that.. Deron wants to win a championship.. if the nets don’t get Howard or 2 other good players (seriously.. any other player than howard will not be enough to make the Nets contenders) he’s gone..

    • John Lowden says:

      Deron Williams will play where he feels he can win a championship and the green stuff will be a huge factor as well. Yes, I say Deron will look out for Deron and if this means giving the Nets the shaft, he will…..The Nets should trade him NOW, or will get nothing in return. They should trade him to Dallas before the trade deadline, because I say he would be willing to re-sign with Dallas next year.

    • Haydz says:

      a nice guy? Tell that to Jerry Sloan!

  37. David says:

    Anyone who is familiar with trade rules please answer this question:
    If a player signs an extension (such as Derick Rose) and the new contract is bigger than the old one, when he gets traded, do you take the old salary (this season’s salary) or the future seasons’ into consideration?

    • It take’s the players’ mom into consideration. If mom > salary, then salar < equal.

    • Jimmy says:

      I imagine the team getting the player would have to pay the newest contract.

    • Amitpal says:

      U always take the current salary. Whatever he’s getting paid at the moment of the trade is the salary u take. So if rose would get traded the bulls would have to bring back 6 million ( or whatever his rookie salary is if he’s even still in his rookie contract).

      • David says:

        So if it like that, if Dwight Howard signs an extension for less like 14million, then wouldn’t Miami Heat be able to trade for him by giving up only 11.2 million salary right now?

    • John Lowden says:

      if a player signs a higher contract and then gets traded, he is paid at the higher contract amount.

    • Robet Wilks says:

      It depends if the trade is acceptedd before the extension is actually implimented. So if Dwight was to get traded before the end of the season, teams would have to honour his current salary. However if he was to test free agncy he would probably get considerably less than he gets now. In the essence of extensions, so like d rose, the new team would have to honour his current salary (5 years, $100 million). That is why trades can sometimes be dfficult as salries have to match up in order to avoid getting taxed stupid amounts. Hope that helps

      • David says:

        But that means if Rose is traded right now, the opposing team only has to give back 5mil in salary to balance, right?