Report: Suns out of Deron Williams race
The Phoenix Suns, rumored to be interested in Nets free agent Deron Williams in the event Steve Nash leaves, are apparently not on the star's short list of preferred destinations.
According to ESPN.com, the three-time All-Star has narrowed his choices down to staying with the Nets or signing with his hometown Dallas Mavericks.
Other teams, including the Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets, had been hoping to lodge their own bids for Williams once free agency begins, sources said. The Los Angeles Lakers, likewise have continued to express interest in a sign-and-trade package built around Pau Gasol for Williams, sources say, despite the Nets' longstanding insistence that they have no interest in Gasol and would only consider such a move if they were getting back All-Star center Andrew Bynum, whom the Lakers have not made available.
Ahh well, it was fun while it lasted. But really, did anyone expect the Suns to have a shot at the guy? Yes, they would have had the requisite cap space, but chances are good the team would not have been able to offer something else Williams craves: a shot at winning a title.
So, the Suns will have to bank on keeping Nash around, otherwise their situation at point guard could get a little murky. Other options include Portland's Raymond Felton, Los Angeles' Ramon Sessions and Houston's Goran Dragic -- the last of whom the Suns have been linked to -- but for now we don't know who will be running the team's offense next season.
We just know one guy who won't.
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