DERON Williams just might find his way back to where his NBA career started and blossomed as the Utah Jazz have reached out to the Dallas Mavericks for a possible trade for the former All-Star guard.
League sources told ESPN that Utah has signified its intent on bringing back Williams to his original team after the Mavericks announced his availability along with center Andrew Bogut prior to the trade deadline on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).
But the Mavs would need the 32-year old Williams’ consent before a trade can be made. The guard is currently playing on $9 million contract in his second season with Dallas and would have to forfeit his free-agent Bird rights if he is dealt to another team.
Williams is averaging 13.1 points and 6.9 assists in 40 games this season. He spent some time on the injured list due to a toe injury.
Utah selected Williams as the No. 3 overall by Utah in the 2005 draft, where he became an All-Star for two years (2010, 2011). But he clashed with legendary coach Jerry Sloan and was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in February 2011.
The Jazz are seeking depth at the point guard position to back up George Hill, who has missed 25 games to injuries.