With the team struggling mightily right now, it would be in their best interest to deal him before the trade deadline.
Unlike other superstar players, Williams has not openly come out and said that he wants to be traded, though he has made it known that, no matter what, he is going to test free agency.
His comments following the Nets loss to Miami on Saturday night make it sound like he is being pushed over the edge.
From the New York Daily News:
“Our offense sucks,” said a frustrated Williams. “It’s just not very good right now. We’re not shooting good, I’m not shooting good. So you play a team like the Heat, when you turn the ball over they’re going to convert and they’re going to get up 20 points on you early.”
“We’re not finishing. We’re not hitting shots. We’re messing up plays. We’re not in the right spots.”
In addition to Williams' frustration beginning to show, there was a report from Orlando Local 6 Sports Director David Pingalore that the Orlando Magic are doing what they can to trade for the point guard.
The Nets are a mess right now with Brook Lopez out of action, and even when he does come back, they are still going to struggle to compete in the Eastern Conference.
Williams should not have to ask for a trade in order for the Nets to explore one. They do need to sell tickets for their new arena, but even with Williams, they are still not playing well and people aren't going to show up to see a star with no chance of competing.
The Nets need to start a full rebuilding effort as soon as possible, and Williams is the best trade chip that they have right now. Regardless of whether or not Orlando is the trade partner for them, they need to do what is in the best interest of the franchise long term.
No one would blame Williams if he did everything in his power to force the Nets to trade him, and he would be doing the team a favor in the process.