Terrence Williams to be Traded?

As I wrote in today's NBA Working the Wire column, the Nets have been eager to make a trade. Their first may come as soon as tomorrow. Al Iannazzone of is reporting New Jersey will deal Terrence Williams to a Western Conference team in the next day or so.

This is not the much-anticipated Carmelo Anthony deal, though it could be a first step in that direction. On the other hand, ESPN's Chris Sheridan is reporting -- very emphatically, I might add -- that Anthony will not sign a contract extension with any team but the Knicks. (Anthony has denied making any such claim.)

I've been high on Williams all season, but it was pretty clear he wasn't going to get a chance to show his stuff in New Jersey; he and Nets coach Avery Johnson get along about as well as North and South Korea. Williams has already been suspended by the team -- reportedly for being late -- and sent to the D-League in recent weeks. But let's not forget -- he absolutely tore up D-League competition during his stint with the Springfield Armor.

I think there's enough "he just needs a change of scenery" potential here to put in a waiver claim even before we learn where Williams is headed -- just on the chance that he lands with a team where he'll play a significant role.

Update: Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Rockets will get Williams from the Nets. Los Angeles gets Joe Smith from the Nets, and New Jersey gets the Lakers' 2011 draft pick and Sasha Vujacic.

The deal eliminates about $4 million from the Lakers' payroll. The Nets now own five first-round draft picks in the 2011 and 2012 drafts (theirs, the Warriors' and the Lakers in 2011, theirs and Houston's in 2012), which puts them in excellent shape to make another deal.

My guess is the Rockets are planning additional trades as well; I don't see where Williams fits on a roster that already has Kevin Martin and Courtney Lee and Shane Battier and Chase Budinger at the two/three position.


There have been no comments made on this article. Why not be the first and add your own comment using the form below.

Leave a comment

Commenting is restricted to registered users only. Please register or login now to submit a comment.

Tell Someone

  • Digg it
  • submit to reddit reddit
  • Add to Mixx!

Recent Favorites

What I Think You Should Know About The USMNT
Needless to say, it's been a great World Cup thus far. The USMNT having some success would be awesome.
La-La-La-L.A. Gets Lord Stanley!
Just a few things that caught my eye:
  • Alec Martinez's Cup-winning goal celebration? # priceless. I wonder if he'll ever get his gloves back.
  • Henrik Lundqvist stopped the 50th shot of the game. He couldn't stop the 51st. #connsmythe if the Rangers had found a way to come back in this series.
Do Analytics Take the Fun Out of Sports?
Apparently that was the topic of one of the presentations at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston last week. The presenter, Yale's Edward Tufte, opined:

Don't let people tell you analytics are reductionist and take the joy out of sports. They mostly just take the stupidity out of sports.

Is he right?

RotoWire's AL LABR Squad
The 2014 AL LABR auction went down at the Arizona Republic offices in downtown Phoenix Saturday night. It's a 12-team, 5 x 5, AL-only league with 2 C, 1 1B, 1 2B. 1 3B, 1 SS, 1 CI, 1 MI, 5 OF, 1 U and 9 pitchers. Everyone has $260 to spend.
The Problem With Drafting Billy Hamilton
Billy Hamilton went for $28 in the NL LABR auction this past weekend. I discussed this with a fellow writer who participates in Tout Wars with me later this month and we discussed the problem with investing heavily into Hamilton.

RSS Feeds