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I'm absolutely going here.
A league source told ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk the Houston Rockets discussed a potential trade for Williams with the Nets, setting the Internet ablaze:
According to a league source, the Rockets had preliminary talks with the Nets last week about Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin. Talks never gained any steam, but the source said the Rockets were doing their due diligence and Williams' name came up. The Nets balked because one of the main reasons Pierce and Garnett agreed to a trade to Brooklyn was to play with Williams, according to the source. Williams, who signed a five-year, $98 million extension in 2012, was playing well upon returning from an ankle injury, and the Nets were looking better.
Bleacher Report's Howard Beck confirmed Youngmisuk's report reiterating that "nothing came of it."
Well, something should definitely come of it.
Trading Williams, a three-time All-Star, implies the Nets are blowing it up, because that's exactly what they're doing. But they're giving themselves a better shot at winning now.
As Youngmisuk notes, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce came to Brooklyn so they could play with D-Will. Nothing new there. What title-chasing veterans wouldn't want to play with a healthy Williams?
Thing is, Williams isn't healthy. He's been battling ankle issues since he arrived, and one only need look at Brook Lopez to see how those types of injuries can end.
Lin is also averaging more points per game, shooting at a higher clip and posting a better PER than Williams. As a pick-and-roll savvy point man, he would look good next to KG and The Truth.
Asik, who doesn't demand the ball as much, would also look mighty fine next to KG. He's a stronger defender than Lopez, and allows Garnett to become more of a focal point on offense. With his contract set to expire after next season, he's also a major trade asset come 2014-15 when Lopez returns.
Toss in a future first-round pick, and the Nets could better position themselves for a surprise run this season while improving their increasingly bleak long-term outlook.
Trust me, I know it's beyond unlikely. But it's something to consider. And hey, if the Rockets decide to sell extremely low or are enticed by the inclusions of a first-round pick they couldn't get from other teams (2020), perhaps the Nets could package a few of their cheaper assets together and snag one or the other.
Should the opportunity present itself (also unlikely), that's worth considering, too.