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The Sacramento Kings are reportedly in discussions with the Brooklyn Nets over a trade deal involving point guard Deron Williams.
ESPN sources confirmed on Saturday that the Kings have inquired about Williams and Yahoo Sports claim that the teams have discussed a multi-player swap which would send Darren Collison, Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson to Brooklyn in exchange.
However, those same sources have not revealed that a deal is close, and with Williams owed $63.1m over the next three seasons, Sacramento must be sure about taking on such a substantial amount of money particularly for a player who has suffered with injuries in recent years.
Nevertheless, it does prove that the Kings are in the market to upgrade at the point guard position as they were reportedly interested in Rajon Rondo before his move to the Dallas Mavericks.
That search has now taken them to Brooklyn with the Nets said to be shopping Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson after suffering with the NBA’s highest payroll and the luxury tax implications that have come with it.
The expensive gamble that the organisation took two years ago has not paid off and so the roster is likely to continue to be broken up in the coming months where possible.
Williams, 30, is set to make $19.8m this season, he is due $21m next season and then $22.3m in 2016/17 although he can elect to opt out of his contract for that final year.
Coupled with the financial side of the move, the Kings must be certain that he is capable of overcoming his injury woes as he is currently sidelined with a calf strain as well as years of trouble with his ankles.
However, the prospect of Williams teaming up with Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins is certainly an interesting one, and it could well help the Kings become a playoff contender in the West if they are able to click.