I didn’t feel the need to touch this but enough of you have asked me my thoughts that I figured I’d chime in. First, the source:
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.
Multiple other sources have since come out and confirmed the report, including former Times insider, Howard Beck.
My initial reaction is to think there’s no way Daryl Morey would want any part of the injury-prone Williams. He’s owed $21 million in 2016 and has an early termination option worth $22 million in 2017. And he hasn’t even been that good, sporting a PER of 17.1 on the year. By comparison, that’s a tad lower than Jeremy Lin. On the flip side, when healthy, there’s no denying that Williams is one of the most talented point men in the league. He can also shoot (39% on 3’s), nullifying the co-existence problems that would occur in an oft-discussed Rondo scenario. Harden, Williams, and Dwight Howard would be the most formidable ‘Big 3’ in the league.
Top o’ the World, Ma! – With Patrick Beverley out for 4-6 weeks with a broken hand, Isaiah Canaan got his first call up from the D-League, according to the Houston Chronicle. Lil’ Sip was happy about it:
The season grows up so quickly, doesn’t it? It feels like just yesterday, the 2013-2014 NBA season was in its infancy, just crossing the threshold into November. Continuing the analogy, the season is finishing up puberty now, right at the one third mark. Sample sizes are extending from small to large, players are shifting to new positions, and notable players are coming out of unexpected places. The season is starting to give us an impression of the end of year standings, and we can finally try to figure out which teams are contenders and which have some more growing up to do.
A few teams tower above their peers, clear favorites to meet in the Conference Finals. The Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers dominate the Eastern Conference with an undeniable superiority. Nobody else in that half of the league even has a shot unless some truly cataclysmic injuries or trades take place. The Western Conference is a bit messy, though a hierarchy is beginning to take shape. The same as the last few years, the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder are the rulers of the Pacific side of the country. Unlike in the east, there sits a group of usurpers right beside them, ready to claim that throne themselves. Where, then, do the Houston Rockets land? Are they a contender? [read more…]