Jazz may be Interested in Trading for Deron Williams

Dallas also expects backup point guard J.J.

Deron Williams will be waived or receive a buyout from the Mavericks after attempts to trade him before Thursday's deadline failed, a source has confirmed. Ferrell averaged 15.3 points per game and 4.6 assists, leading the Mavs to five wins in seven games as a starter.

Williams, who is only under contract for the rest of this season, has been a solid performer with 13.1 points and 6.9 assists per game.

Williams can't be traded without his consent due to his $9 million deal with the Mavericks after he played the previous season in Dallas. The latest National Basketball Association rumors involve the Mavs' Deron Williams and his potential for ending up in Cleveland to join LeBron James and company for a title run.

Williams was a crucial part of the Utah Jazz's successful playoff runs after the John Stockton and Karl Malone era had ended.

He now sits fourth on the team's all-time assist leaders list with 4,003, and also features in the top 10 for points, minutes played, three-pointers made, offensive rating and win shares for the team. With the ESPN report saying the Mavs are open to trading both Williams and center Andrew Bogut, it would appear Dallas is looking toward the future.

An old photo of Deron Williams with the Utah Jazz. The Jazz now average 100.2 points per game, placing them 28th in the league.

The next best thing that the Jazz can get out of the dwindling list of players on the trade list is their former point guard Williams. His career has taken a turn for the worse since then, but Williams has redefined himself as a role player with the Mavericks. At the very least, Dallas has added a potential top big man, who if he can stay healthy, can be a great addition for seasons to come.

  • Julie Sanders