Deron Williams has repeatedly said not to believe any rumors until they came directly from his mouth. However, when asked to comment on the reports that he was on the verge of being traded to the New Jersey Nets, Williams was virtually speechless.
Williams departed from his former Jazz teammates at the team's shootaround Wednesday morning, and apparently was still in shock about what happened, according to Jazz radio announcer David Locke.
Deron Williams told me it was not his choice. He is stunned. Declined to do interview until he figures out what it all means.
Williams already sharply denied a report that he wanted to go to the Knicks and has affirmed his desire to stay in Utah since longtime head coach Jerry Sloan resigned. Williams was accused by many of pushing Sloan out, which he also denies. If he is indeed stunned about the news, it may not bode well for the Nets to keep him long term. Keep in mind that his contract is still up after 2012, and the Nets cannot offer him a new deal until after a new collective bargaining agreement is put in place.
Then again, it's possible Williams was just stunned something happened like the rest of us, considering this trade came together so quickly.