Odds & Ends: Williams, Celtics, Heat, Varejao

December 19 2012 at 12:24pm CST By Zach Links

Before the Jazz came to Brooklyn to face the Nets on Tuesday, Deron Williams told reporters that he has struggled since joining the Nets in part because of coach Avery Johnson‘s offense.  While it was seen as excuse-making by some, Sean Deveney of the Sporting News writes that the one-guard has a point.  It remains to be seen whether Johnson will re-fashion his offensive system in order to better accomodate Williams, who seemed to thrive in former coach Jerry Sloan‘s 1-4, pick-and-roll-heavy sets.  Here’s today’s look around the league..

  • There are no obvious fixes for the Celtics on the trade market at present, so Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com offers up three internal solutions to their woes.  One idea is for the C’s to recall Fab Melo from the D-League and play him alongside Kevin Garnett.
  • The Heat amassed overall quality this summer to position themselves to trade for the right big man at the right price, writes Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.  The Heat still have time to find frontcourt help either at the trading deadline or buyout deadline. 
  • The ESPN.com staff looked at five of the top trade candidates in the league and weighed in on whether they should be moved.  Most of the ESPN scribes are in agreement that the Cavaliers should part ways with Anderson Varejao, who is playing at an All-Star level and staying healthy.
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