Posted June 07, 2012

Free agent Deron Williams, Los Angeles Lakers appear an unlikely fit

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Deron Williams

Williams doesn’t sound optimistic that he could end up a Laker. (Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

In Los Angeles to promote the new video game NBA Baller Beats, free agent point guard Deron Williams, late of the New Jersey (now Brooklyn) Nets, told members of the media that he is keeping all his options open, but he recognizes that his ending up with the Lakers is a long shot.

“I know they don’t have any money to just go out and sign me,” Williams said, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Times. “It’ll have to be some kind of deal.”

Point guard has been L.A.’s Achilles heel for a couple of years now, and the Lakers made a play for Chris Paul last fall, only to be rebuffed by the NBA. With Lamar Odom and his sizable contract already gone, the only assets L.A. has to shop are center Andrew Bynum and power forward Pau Gasol. Medina writes that multiple reports have indicated that a Gasol-Williams swap is unrealistic; meanwhile, it’s unclear if Bynum — who is a New Jersey native — is part of the Lakers’ long-term plans or might be available.