The Nets have reportedly been open to trading a variety of high-priced players, including Williams, shooting guard Joe Johnson and center Brook Lopez. Yahoo Sports says no deal is imminent, but talks are ongoing. Alex Raskin of the Wall Street Journal confirmed that the Kings have inquired about Williams, but reported talks are "not ongoing."
The Kings could reportedly send point guard Darren Collison and forwards Derrick Williams and Jason Thompson to the Nets in exchange for Williams. According to Yahoo Sports, the Kings are also interested in Nets center Mason Plumlee, but Brooklyn considers the second-year player an important part of the team's future.
Devin Kharpertian of TheBrooklynGame.com also confirmed the Kings' interest in Williams, but reported the "major roadblock" is the Nets' unwillingness to part with Plumlee.
Williams, 30, has become a popular trade target considering his high salary (due $19.75 million this season and $21.04 million in 2015-16) and his declining production. After spending his first five NBA seasons with the Utah Jazz, Williams was traded to the Nets in February 2011. After averaging 20.1 points and 10.3 assists in 2010-11 between the Jazz and Nets, Williams hasn't averaged more than 20 points or eight assists since 2011-12.
This season, Williams is averaging 15.6 points and 6.8 assists. The Nets, on a three-game losing skid, are 10-15 and ninth in the Eastern Conference.
- Mike Fiammetta