Deron Williams trade rumors will quiet down for a while now. The star point guard of the Brooklyn Nets requires surgery on both ankles, making a trade seem even less likely than in previous reports. According to a report from ESPN on Thursday (May 22), ankle injuries during the past two seasons have taken a toll on him.
In a press release from the team, Dr. Martin O'Malley stated, "He will have a bone chip removed from his right ankle, and the left ankle will have an arthroscopic cleanout with removal of spurs from both the front and back of the ankle." While he should be ready to go for the 2014-15 NBA season, this will probably keep the team from having much success in shopping him to further build for the future.
During last season with the Nets, Williams averaged 14.3 points, 6.1 assists, and 2.6 rebounds per game. He wasn't close to his career averages in most categories and it was clear that his ankle problems were slowing him down. It led to a lot of discussion by NBA analysts about how the team might need to move in a different direction. Now these surgeries might get him back on track and make him the star player he was with the Utah Jazz.
The three years and $63.1 million remaining on his contract always made the Deron Williams trade rumors seem pretty far-fetched, especially with so many franchises struggling to get under the salary cap for next year. Now the team and its fans have to hope that he can get back to full speed, that they can add a few assets through free agency and the draft, and that the Brooklyn Nets will be competing in the playoffs again next year.
For fantasy basketball owners in keeper leagues, these surgeries are something to pay very close attention to as the NBA offseason progresses. He is currently scheduled to go in for them next Tuesday (May 27).