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Can Lakers keep D-Will from Dallas (or Brooklyn)?

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08:05 AM ET 01.19 | This season has already been a long one for Deron Williams, who since coming back from Europe has played for a Nets team that lost 11 of its first 14 games. Which leaves Williams in this strange place, waiting for things to turn around in New Jersey, or plotting an escape via free agency this summer if they don't. ... It is widely assumed around the NBA that Williams is ticketed to his hometown Dallas Mavericks as a free agent this summer if the Nets can't persuade him to stay. But lurking in the background -- as will be the case for as long as Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol are still on the roster and still healthy enough to trade -- are the Los Angeles Lakers.

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January 19, 2012  08:54 AM ET

Why would the lakers trade anyone if they have a shot at D-Will this summer via free agency. Doesn't make any sense.

Im assuming I love LA is going to say "Come to L.A. Bro" or something.

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January 19, 2012  09:03 AM ET

If the Nets keep losing, he'll be outta there before You Can Say "Mikhail Prokhov is the Russian Millionaire Owner along side Jay-z of the Brooklyn Nets!"

January 19, 2012  09:21 AM ET

There's a reason why the Lakers have not made a move at acquiring a point guard. There's a reason why the Lakers have not made a move at Dwight Howard. It could be because the Lakers are sizing up their current roster and are making decisions as to which would be the best move for the team moving forward. The Lakers are an attractive team for any player and they do have certain assets to make a move without giving up Gasol or Bynum. Both Artest and Walton's contract come off the Lakers roster after this season, certain draft options gained with the trade of Odom, coupled with the fact that the loyalty to Fisher with his age will expire this off-season. So, there is an outside chance D-Will could be wearing a Laker uniform next season.

January 19, 2012  09:38 AM ET

Another conspiracy? D-Will isn't going anywhere.

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January 19, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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No. My gut tells me that the Lakers are going to get caught holding the empty bag. The more Dr. Buss transitions control, the more the organization seems to miscalculate. I hope they get it together. I would really hate to see such a great team, go the way of a timberwolf.

+1. Not often the son is half the man the successful father was. (exception Irsays. Not exception Dolans).

January 19, 2012  10:18 AM ET

Just Leave New Jersey, Bro.

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January 19, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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Just Leave New Jersey, Bro.

Just go to the other NY team Bro?

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January 19, 2012  11:32 AM ET

That's a no brainier for the Lakers. They have the pieces to make a trade. Keep Bynum because we need his size. Also there is always the possibility to snatch DWill as FA.

January 19, 2012  11:33 AM ET
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Those expiring contracts and trade exceptions won't bring DWill to the Lakers. Hell, DWill's expiring contract alone helps the Nets go under the cap and also Howard's w/ the Magic.

He won't resign with the Nets and have to endure all that losing.

January 19, 2012  12:05 PM ET

It was kinda funny when D-will came back to Utah to play the Jazz the other day he was saying the Jazz have the best management in the NBA. That was before the Jazz beat them too. He was saying how he loved the Jazz, It's crazy if you think how the Jazz traded him unexpectedly but the Jazz were not about to let D-will do to them like Lebron did to the cavs and the Carmelo Anthony did to Denver. Denver was winning and he still wanted to bail on them to a crap team. He put that organization in a choke hold until they traded him. The Jazz got out in front of another superstar bailing on a small market team and reaped the rewards for it. The Jazz will be in the playoffs for sure. They have the 2nd best record in the west and there is not 8 teams better than the Jazz in the west. Too bad he had to leave the Jazz and I think it is cool that he speaks so highly of the Jazz even though they traded him off.

January 19, 2012  12:06 PM ET
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Just Leave New Jersey, Bro.

Beastie Boys had a jam about Brooklyn, can't remember the song title. Age catching up? Deron would be wise to move along to the Mavs.

January 19, 2012  12:30 PM ET
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Beastie Boys had a jam about Brooklyn, can't remember the song title. Age catching up? Deron would be wise to move along to the Mavs.

"No Sleep till Brooklyn"...something like that.

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