The Los Angeles Times, in a free-agent profile series, calls Nets point guard Deron Williams a longshot to join the Los Angeles Lakers, one of the Mavericks' rivals to land the top free agent of 2012.

Mark Medina of the Times writes: As far as the Lakers go, fans out here shouldn't hold their breath, since the only way to secure Williams involves a sign-and-trade. Numerous reports indicate a Williams-for-Pau Gasol deal is unlikely, and New Jersey would have to be really stupid to pull such a move. Regardless, I don't see Williams coming to the Lakers. He's more likely to stay in Brooklyn or go to Dallas, which has more cap space.