Utah Jazz: Deron Williams won't talk about future plans until 2012

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  • Aggie24 Hyde Park, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 5:05 p.m.

    "David Stern and the owners need to step up to keep these prima donnas from holding the fans hostage. I don't care how many games or seasons it takes to make that happen. Hard cap. Franchise tag. No guaranteed contracts. All the things the NFL does to make its league competitive." - In My Humble Opinion

    I couldn't agree more with this statement. Pretty soon the fans of smaller-market teams are going to realize that their future (under the current cba) is simply to be cannon-fodder for the 4 or 5 super-teams being created by markets that can support them. When that happens, the league will start losing fans/money VERY QUICKLY.

    I don't think Deron nor Jazz management are bad-guys in this trade; its just a manifestation of the sad state of the league right now. What's more sad is the fact that the league is primarily in the hands of David Stern... rough times ahead!

  • gazelle Murray, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 2:46 p.m.

    Oh I believe them. Deron should have too. The jazz have always done everything within there means for this team to compete. With hindsight sure it is easy to see mistakes were made. Did Jordan shoot 100%?

    Why is it so hard for people to understand basic math? The system is broken and until they level the playing field I guess some of these teams will forever look like they are not commited to those that don't look at the big picture.

  • sputterish Rexburg, ID
    Feb. 25, 2011 2:07 p.m.

    I agree that DWill is NOT the villain in this event. He's spinning for the NETS saying he's excited to be there and help them shoot for a championship in a couple of years. They all have to spin a positive stance in order to survive with their new fan base. I like, though, that he's honest enough not to commit, yet. Who would? Just like who would commit to Utah when it was unclear what they were willing to do to keep their franchise player and seriously compete in the top tier. We could have done it, but now it's a pipe dream. New Jersy, Minnesota, Cleveland, Clippers, Wizards--they always say they're making moves for the better and are building a competitive team . . . but regardless of how sincere they sound, their hearts aren't in it if they're not willing to operate at a winning level as an organization. For the first time in 25 years, the Jazz are no longer to be believed when they talk about winning, championships, commitment, or any of the other propaganda the classless organizations mentioned above are known for.

  • gazelle Murray, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 12:45 p.m.

    Winning is the ride not the destination.

  • Man in Charge Washington DC, MD
    Feb. 25, 2011 12:23 p.m.

    Just don't waste the Draft pick on Jimmer.

  • gazelle Murray, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 12:19 p.m.

    I don't respect it. Make a commitment then go out and earn it. Kevin Durant anyone.. These young guys just want it handed to them.

    Yeah I like to win at what I do as well but I get the most satisfaction from those times when it seemed like the world was against me and I pulled together and made it through.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Feb. 25, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    Sorry to tell you this Deron but you are going to be asked about this for the rest of this year and all next year.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 11:25 a.m.

    Yes it was all Sloan' Fault.....He was too busy driving his tractor down State St everyday heading to Intermountain Farmers to coach Basketball....

    Deron played his heart-out day in and day out...it was obvious how hard he tried when you watch film of Rose schooling him in the second half!

  • Iowa Jazz Fan 2 Cedar Rapids, IA
    Feb. 25, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    Whatever else you may think about Deron, he is an honest man. I think about the contrast between how he and Booz represented their positions to management.

    Boozer told the Cavs he would re-sign with them even if they let his contract expire, and they (unwisely) proceeded to do just that. Then he bolted for bigger bucks with the Jazz.

    Last year Deron would agree to only a three year extension with the Jazz, letting them know up front he would be waiting to see what happened. This year, in order to forestall any possiblility of a trade to a bad situation, he could have prevaricated like Boozer and assured them he would stay after 2012 -- but he was honest and didn't do that. And he has now suffered the consequences of his honesty by being shipped to the Nets.

    The Jazz are in better shape for the future right now than they would have been had they kept him. But let's acknowledge Deron's contribution to that by his forthrightness. He didn't dupe the Jazz like Carlos did the Cavs.

  • HaveANiceDay Ogden, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 10:48 a.m.

    Deron is not a primadona, selfish player, or any other name you all want to call him. He is a great point guard that hadn't committed to the Jazz that he was going to stay. The Jazz management and owners are the ones that gambled that DWill wasn't going to re-sign with the Jazz. Stop hating Williams, he did nothing wrong here.

    The Jazz are now committed to building a competitive team through young players and draft picks. Hayward and Favors. Lets just sit back and have fun watching these guys get better. DWill is no longer our concern.

  • gazelle Murray, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 10:35 a.m.

    Funny how everyone keeps changing. Couple interviews later and everyone loves the guy again. I am not saying that he did not leave Utah with some class because he did and he did not have to. But is ego was on another level.

    As far as him not talking? I am more convinced then ever. HE ALREADY KNOWS WHERE HE IS HEADED! Probably has known since the Olympics. That whole group got together. Look at the roster. Those players are tainted. I am thinking he will be a Laker... Oh yeah and Dwight Howard too..

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 10:06 a.m.

    I just hope Jazz fans are smart enough to CHEER and not JEER when Deron returns to play against the Jazz. While it may be unlikely the Jazz get him back when his contract is up in Jersey, it is in fact a possibility. But that possibility lessens if we boo the guy in Energy Solutions Arena.
    I like the trade, and will love it if Deron makes it back with Devin Harris as his backup and a few new highly drafted players to pass the ball to.

  • CJ Miles Dallas, TX
    Feb. 25, 2011 9:41 a.m.

    New Jersey is trading away their future. It takes more than two years to be competitive when you are that bad of a team. Getting rid of draft picks and Favors just slows the process. He was much closer to a championship in Utah than he will ever be with the Nets.

    DeRon already knows what he is going to do after next year. Whomever he is going to team up with already knows what he is going to do. He and some other players already know where they are going to play in two years.

    The Nets just wasted Favors and draft picks for nothing after next year. I could see them trading Dwill by the trade deadline next year when they realize he is not staying.

    Who knows, he may be back in Utah in two years as the Jazz could build a championship team by that time.

  • chiefbrady Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 9:33 a.m.

    So, D-Will is non-committal about resigning huh? Kinda makes the trade seem a lot smarter now. We dumped somebody who was going to bring drama and tantrums for what would be next year's number 1 pick, another point guard Dallas and other teams want, plus cash AND draft picks? Wow!!! I'm thinking New Jersey is gonna hate D-Will in about 2 years. Way to go Kevin O'Connor!!!

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    Feb. 25, 2011 8:31 a.m.

    I agree he wants to play for Dallas or somebody who has a legitimate shot at winning. New Jersey enjoy your time with Williams, he is bolting as soon as his contract is up.

  • In My Humble Opinion South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 8:16 a.m.

    David Stern and the owners need to step up to keep these prima donnas from holding the fans hostage. I don't care how many games or seasons it takes to make that happen. Hard cap. Franchise tag. No guaranteed contracts. All the things the NFL does to make its league competitive.

    The most Super Bowls any team has won is six. The Celtics and Lakers have HALF of the NBA titles all-time between just two franchises. Carolina has been to the Super Bowl, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Seattle, Oakland, St.Louis, Buffalo, Denver. GREEN BAY is about the size of PROVO (without Orem!). Heck, name an NFL franchise that HASN'T been!

    Some people think the NBA is a star league. The day was I'd go to a game to see Dr. J, or Bird, or Magic or Jordan. I wouldn't walk across the street to see Kobe or LaBron or Wade or... D-Will. I'll go to see MY TEAM, not others, but going to see my team is wearing thin in a rigged league.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 8:16 a.m.

    DWill is loved by all teammates. His last interview was so classy. Sloan was loafing and not practicing, new players didn't know the plays. The organization let key players go. DWill wants to win as bad as anybody in the league. He called everybody, including the organization, on their lack of desire to do what was needed to get better.

    I actually think DWill is the innocent party in this whole mess. He'll be a Knick or Maverick in a year and half and a lot closer to winning a Championship than the Jazz. As much as I like the Miller family, our ownership and management is amateur and not capable of sustaining a Championship team.

    This might be the first step to the Miller family having the sell the team because I, for one, will not pay to watch this group.

  • Motappin Sandy, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 8:13 a.m.

    I can't blame him for being non-committal to a 17-win team. He wants to win. If the team commits to winning and brings in the pieces to make a good run and win a of games, he'll stay. If they don't, he'll likely go somewhere else. Same thing he told the Jazz, and the Jazz have made some bonehead moves in the past that didn't help.

    Hopefully now, both teams can move on with a better future. Good luck Deron...just not against us. :)

  • tomo keystone heights, fl.
    Feb. 25, 2011 8:03 a.m.

    I believe that by issuing this statement it proves that D-illwill is a selfish player more concerned about himself than any team winning a championship.Perhaps he's licking his wounds from his perceived role in an icon leaving and not thinking clearly. He will make enough money playing this game to live a comfortable life for himself and his family and can gain the same results and advantages in bargaining by remaining low key and working behind the scenes. I think the facade could be cumbling and is being replaced by a hollow, tatooed personal that will produce less returns as time goes on..Where have the hero's gone??

  • Johnson72 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 12:55 a.m.

    Maybe the Spazz can sign him???