On Day No. 2 of the Team USA media availability here on the surface of the sun, the heat was finally off of Deron Williams. As dozens of reporters surrounded LeBron James and Kobe Bryant at their respective tables inside the Wynn hotel, Williams -- the 28-year-old point guard who decided to re-sign with Brooklyn with a five-year, $98 million deal on July 3 -- was more than happy to be old news. He had an audience of three at his table, where SI.com caught up with the candid and reflective three-time All-Star to discuss his past, present and future. Williams discussed his transition from Utah to New Jersey after he was traded midway through the 2010-11 season, a move that came with the unwelcome reality that he would grow accustomed to losing after so many playoffs runs with the Jazz. He discussed his decision (including the impact that the Nets' recent trade with Atlanta for shooting guard Joe Johnson played in it) as well as the looming possibility that he could still team up with Orlando center Dwight Howard as well. The Nets remain in talks with the Magic regarding Howard, though a source with knowledge of the talks said the Lakers, Hawks, Rockets and Mavericks remain in the mix for him. While the structure of a possible Howard deal with the Nets is mostly in place, sources confirmed that Orlando would not want to take back former Nets forward and unrestricted free agent forward Kris Humphries in that deal and were looking for a third team to take him.
Williams opens up about Howard, Team USA, Nets' future and more
SI | Jul 8