NBA Free Agents 2012: Can the Portland Trail Blazers Lure Deron Williams?

Mike UlstadContributor IIIMay 10, 2012

Deron Williams
Deron WilliamsChris Chambers/Getty Images

Deron Williams is clearly the No. 1 free agent target on most teams' minds as the summer free agency period approaches.

Portland should especially have him on its radar, because in addition to being an NBA star, Williams would fill some of the team's needs, such as a point guard and a scoring threat.

But do the Blazers have a shot at landing him?

It would obviously take a big contract, but that's not the problem the Blazers will run into; they have plenty of money cleared to go out and sign an NBA star like Williams.

The question that remains, is whether or not a star point guard in his late 20s would take a chance on going to a team that may not be ready to be a contender in the next couple of years.

On the other side of the equation, Williams may be very tempted to play with another All-Star in his prime, Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge. The combo would be dangerous and may well vault the Blazers past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since the early 2000s.

Unfortunately for Portland fans, though, this dream combo is probably never going to be a reality.

Williams wants to win, and he wants to win now. Portland is not the place for this to happen. And with the Nets moving to Brooklyn, Williams will be in the spotlight even more than he was before in New Jersey.

Another place Williams may end up is with the Dallas Mavericks. Williams is from the Dallas area, and at this stage in his career, he may want his legacy left in the place where he grew up.

Dallas has been clearing space since the decision to not re-sign Tyson Chandler this past offseason, and the Mavs are also a playoff team that might be capable of one last run at a championship in the next two years.

This all doesn't mean there's no chance Portland ends up with Williams, but chances are slim. The Blazers need to look elsewhere to shore up their point guard needs either through the draft or by signing one of the free agent point guards who should be available this summer.