Marc Stein: Derrick Williams
Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Tuesday that the Pistons have engaged the Sacramento Kings in trade discussions this week that would potentially land Josh Smith in the same Sacramento frontcourt as DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.
Sources say that Smith being swapped in exchange for the combination of Sacramento's Jason Thompson and Derrick Williams is one trade construction that the teams have discussed. Although one source insisted Tuesday that no deal is imminent, another source told ESPN.com that the teams have continued to exchange proposals, with Williams potentially being replaced by another Kings player such as Jason Terry or Carl Landry.
Skeptics will inevitably question whether the Kings should indeed take the gamble of trying to fit Smith in alongside Cousins and Gay, especially with three years and $40.5 million remaining on Smith's contract from the Pistons last summer and in the wake of his struggles playing alongside Detroit big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe.
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Timberwolves, I'm told, are in advanced discussions with Sacramento on a deal that would swap Derrick Williams for Luc Mbah A Moute— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 26, 2013
Not yet known if deal could expand to include more pieces but if sealed would give Williams fresh start & reunite Luc M w/UCLA pal KLove— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 26, 2013
You can only change these things in all-new contracts -- NOT extensions -- so yes: Kobe retains his no-trade clause in this deal w/Lakers— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 25, 2013
Wasting no time, Bulls just announced Derrick Rose has already undergone his knee surgery and declared him out for rest of 2013-14 season— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) November 25, 2013