Published December 14, 2010
NEWARK, N.J. – Embattled Nets swingman Terrence Williams has apparently played his last game in New Jersey.
The troubled first-round draft pick in 2009 was inactive Tuesday night for a game against the Philadelphia 76ers and he later posted what seemed to be a goodbye on his Twitter page.
"Welcome welcome, to all my jersey fans an(d) people," Williams wrote. "it's been real I love y'all an thanks, to HOUSTON what uppppp. "go Rockets" lol."
Yahoo.com reported that Williams would be sent to Houston as part of a multi-team deal involving the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.
The Nets would receive the Rockets' first-round draft pick in 2012, the Lakers' first-round pick in 2011 and current Lakers shooting guard Sasha Vujacic.
The Lakers would get veteran forward Joe Smith, who was active for the Nets on Tuesday night.
The deal cannot be completed until Dec. 15 because Smith signed with the Nets in the offseason as a free agent.
Nets general manager Billy King refused to comment on the report.
Nets coach Avery Johnson said Williams was a healthy scratch. He was told not to come to the game, probably because the Nets didn't want to risk him getting hurt.
Williams has been in Johnson's doghouse this season. He has been fined for showing up late to practices and he was sent home from another game for failing to follow team policy. He was shipped to Nets' D-League team in Springfield, Mass. for a couple of games before being brought back to the team last week.
Williams is averaging 6.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists this season.
If the trade goes through, the Nets will have five first-round picks through 2012. They own their own in 2011 and '12. They would add the Lakers' and Rockets' picks and they have a 2011 pick from Golden State acquired in a trade for Marcus Williams. The Williams' pick is lottery protected.
The Nets are interested in acquiring Carmelo Anthony, and the first-round picks and the Nuggets' interest in rookie power forward Derrick Favors might be their bargaining chips.