The Nets have been struggling as of late and people are trying to find answers for the team's recent slide. With the Jazz coming into Brooklyn tonight, Deron Williams opened up about his time in Utah and admitted that he has struggled to fit in with coach Avery Johnson's system. Here's more on the Nets..
- The Nets are reportedly interested in Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova, but it would be difficult for the two sides to match up for a trade, writes Dan Sinclair of Brew Hoop. The big man has a $7.9MM average annual salary and everyone on the Nets' roster makes either more than $9.6MM or less than $3.1MM. Beyond the logistics, there's also the question of whether the Bucks would be interested in dealing Ilyasova just one year into his new deal.
- Williams' open pining for Jerry Sloan's system could be viewed as subtle criticism of Johnson's offense, writes Howard Beck of the New York Times. The guard said that there are too many isolation sets in the Nets' offense, but an Eastern Conference scout noted that the U.C.L.A. sets that Johnson is running now appear to be in place for Williams’s benefit as he never used them in Dallas.
- It's pretty early in Williams' five-year, $98MM deal for him to pine for Sloan, tweets Jeff Caplan of NBA.com.