According to reports, three-time All-Star Deron Williams is open to joining the Los Angeles Lakers if a deal with the Nets can’t be reached.
A source close to the three-time All-Star said he would be interested in joining the Lakers, though it would have to be via a sign-and-trade deal. (Lakers point guard Ramon Sessions, who was acquired from Cleveland at the trade deadline, has a $4.5 million player option for next season.)
The source said Williams’ preference, however, is for the Nets to improve the roster sufficiently enough that he can feel good about staying put rather than fear a repeat of this season, when they finished 22-44. As for Dallas, which sacrificed its best chance to defend the title by preserving salary-cap space last summer in anticipation of this free-agent class, the source said of the Mavericks: “There’s no longevity there.” If owner Mark Cuban can clear enough space to sign a worthy sidekick for Williams, though, then maybe he’d join his hometown team after all.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) May 23, 2012
Those reports led to thousands of Los Angeles Lakers fans dreaming of their team potentially making deals this offseason for both Williams and Dwight Howard. While highly unlikely, it certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
— Kobe?? (@_HopeDealer) May 23, 2012
Deron Williams would be an amazing fit. Trade Gasol/draft picks for him in a sign-and-trade deal. That's just my thinking.
— Kobe Bryant Fans (@Team_KB24) May 22, 2012
Deron Williams Wants to go to the Lakers in a sign and trade….tht would be a good pick up bt His attitude aint the best to be around
— Zay (@Zatoven15) May 23, 2012
Deron Williams interested in going to the Lakers? That works for me.
— Chris J ⚓ (@Masta_C) May 23, 2012
Deron Williams wants to go to the Lakers please make this happen Basketball Gods
— ? Bo ?? (@JumpManZ) May 23, 2012