The only way Deron Williams could make it more obvious that he wants out of New Jersey is to clear his locker and leave his bags outside the arena.
Then again, his words have done everything but that. While being so concerned with how Dwight Howard is handling his situation with the Orlando Magic, fans have forgotten the saga that Williams is playing out with the New Jersey Nets.
While owner Mikhail Prokhorov is trying his best to load his roster with some viable resources for Williams, nothing seems like it will be enough to curve the star guard’s desires to try his talents elsewhere, most publicly reported, with Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks.
“He’s handled it well. He’s a had a tough cast down there, I don’t want to put anybody down but he’s not playing with the smartest guys in the world. That’s tough, man, that’s tough,” Williams said.
Williams doesn’t want to put anyone down? It would have been mildly different if he would have just said Wall doesn’t have the best supporting cast. That would have been enough.
However, he did not just attack their talents. He attacked their IQ. Yet, it does not stop there.
Williams goes a bit deeper into his reasoning for calling the Wizards “not the smartest guys in the world” and manages to take shots at his own teammates in the process.
“They’re not smart, I don’t know," Williams said. "I’ve been watching. JaVale McGee (now with Denver) was on the Not So Top 10, like, 50 times this year,” Williams said.
“But I think he’s handled it well. He has to force a lot of things. I think I have to force a lot. I’m shooting 40 percent. I never thought I would shoot 40 percent in my career, but I’m taking tough shots over double teams and that’s really the only shots I get. I don’t get many open looks, I don’t get many just spot up shots and it’s just what it is.”
You don’t need Google translator to figure out what Williams means. While saying that Wall has to force a lot of things playing with “not smart” teammates, he includes himself by saying that he also has to force a lot.
This only further puts the Nets on notice that they have not done a good enough job recruiting personnel to assist him with those double-teams or to allow him to get open looks. We know Williams. We know he doesn't see New Jersey, or Brooklyn for that matter, as his home.
At this point in the season, being tactful about these types of questions is a mere thought in the wind. The Nets are nowhere near playoff contention and their season will end Thursday, April 26 against the Toronto Raptors. It will be a battle of two teams with absolutely nothing to fight for.
Williams will hit the free agency this summer and be relieved of his Jersey jersey. Don’t be so sad, Nets fans. There will be others.
Maybe next time they will actually be dedicated to the franchise or at least pretend to be.