Deron Williams Rumors: D-Will Should Force Way to Lakers to Join Kobe Bryant
Doesn't that have an awfully nice ring to it?
Lakers fans have been salivating for an answer at the point guard position. After suffering through Derek Fisher's decline this season, the team traded for Ramon Sessions. While Sessions was productive during the regular season (12.7 points, 6.2 assists per game), the 26-year-old stumbled very noticeably in the playoffs.
In his first postseason experience, Sessions fell flat on his face. Averaging just 9.7 points and 3.6 assists on 37.7 percent shooting, Sessions' improved perimeter game was nowhere to be found. He managed to convert just 4-of-25 opportunities from behind the three-point line, and Sessions often gave way to Steve Blake down the stretch.
The more alarming issue with Sessions is how uncomfortable he looked running the offense—and that's being generous. Sessions didn't look like a player who was capable of controlling the flow of a game, and that's what this Lakers team needs. Los Angeles needs someone Kobe Bryant wouldn't hesitate sharing the ball with, and those players are few and far between.
Should Deron Williams force his way to the Lakers?
Here's where we arrive at the D-Will scenario. Although the Lakers don't have the cap space to make a free agent bid on his services, the Lakers could choose to dangle Pau Gasol in a sign-and-trade offer to Brooklyn in order to land Williams.
It's not going to be easy. Williams would have to virtually demand a sign-and-trade scenario that lands him in Los Angeles, but the chance to play alongside Bryant and for the Lakers isn't an opportunity that presents itself regularly. For Williams, he'd be able to play for a title now as well as be the epicenter of the franchise after Bryant retires.
Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated is hearing that D-Will does indeed have eyes for the Lakers.
For the Lakers, Williams could be a possibility if Howard is not. 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.
We don't know how seriously Williams has flirted with the idea of joining the Lakers, but we do know that it's at least crossed his mind. Let's be realistic—of course it has. With the chance to control his future, Williams has to be considering contenders around the league. At the end of the day Williams wants to win, and that's something the Lakers have done frequently.
In addition to joining Bryant, Williams would have one of the best big men in the game in Andrew Bynum. He wouldn't be asked to carry the offensive load, and D-Will would be absolutely revered in Los Angeles. What player doesn't want that?
I can't tell you what Williams is going to do, because at the end of the day that's his decision and his alone. He's earned that right.
But if he's taking suggestions?
I'd bet Kobe would pick up that phone really quickly to convince D-Will that Los Angeles is the place for him.
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