UTAH JAZZ

Deron Williams: ‘I Was Trying To Recruit… Nobody’s Coming To Utah’

Mar 5, 2021, 5:08 PM | Updated: 5:29 pm
Deron Williams with the US Olympic Team (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)...
Deron Williams with the US Olympic Team (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Deron Williams shed more light on his departure from Utah in an interview with The Ringer’s Logan Murdock. Joined by former Jazz teammate Raja Bell, Williams explained that despite his best efforts to attract star talent to the Jazz, other players didn’t want to come to Utah.

“I had been around all the best players in the world, I played in two Olympics,” Williams said. “And I was trying to recruit everybody. I’m talking to everybody. Nobody’s coming to Utah.”

Williams was drafted by the Jazz in 2005 and spent six seasons with the team before being traded to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for current Jazzman Derrick Favors and then All-Star guard Devin Harris.

“I’m a really good player at the time, but number one, I was a point guard, you don’t win championships with point guards, ” Williams said. “You need pieces, we needed other pieces. And I saw the writing on the wall, nobody is going to come to Utah.”

The All-Star guard said he let then Jazz owner Greg Miller know he had intentions of leaving the team at the end of his contract, effectively setting a deadline for the Jazz to trade him, or let him leave in free-agency empty-handed.

But for Jazz fans who fear Williams’s comments may be prescient even today, you need not worry. The former two-time gold medalist said the league has changed from his time in Utah.

“I felt like I had to go somewhere else at the time because that’s how the NBA was,” Williams said. “It’s not like it is now.”

Williams and Bell also added detail to the night Jerry Sloan coached his last game with the Jazz and the star’s sudden exit from Utah.

You can listen to the entire episode here. Warning, user discretion is advised.

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

Utah Jazz

Utah-Jazz-Nuggets-Season-Opener...
Eric Jensen

The Three Most Difficult Stretches For The Jazz This Season

With roster turnover and the new schedule, here are the toughest stretches of basketball for the Utah Jazz during the 2022-23 season. 
19 hours ago
Vivint Arena partially filled due to COVID-19 NBA test protocol. (Photo: Ben Anderson/KSL Sports))...
Ben Anderson

Is TNT Betting On A Donovan Mitchell, Jazz-Knicks Trade

TNT appears to be betting on a Donovan Mitchell trade to the New York Knicks though the Jazz are largely ignored on national TV broadcasts.
19 hours ago
Utah-Jazz-Schedule...
Ben Anderson

Jazz Unveil 2022-23 Schedule

The Utah Jazz have unveiled the schedule for the upcoming 2022-23 NBA season which opens on October 19 against the Denver Nuggets.
19 hours ago
Utah Jazz - Vivint Arena - Game 1 - 2021 NBA Playoffs...
Ben Anderson

Jazz To Remain On AT&T Sports For 2022-23 Season

 The Utah Jazz television broadcast will remain on AT&T Sports Network this season, a point of frustration for many Jazz fans.
19 hours ago
Paul George - Los Angeles Clippers - Joe Ingles - Utah Jazz...
Ben Anderson

Joe Ingles Lists Salt Lake Home For $3.5 Million

Joe Ingles and his family are officially saying goodbye to Utah after listing their Salt Lake City home for an eye-popping $3.5 million. 
2 days ago
Donovan Mitchell - Utah Jazz - Los Angeles Clippers - Game 4...
Ben Anderson

Report: Jazz, Knicks Re-engage Donovan Mitchell Trade Talks

The Utah Jazz and the New York Knicks have re-engaged in trade talks centered around Donovan Mitchell according to The Athletic. 
2 days ago
Deron Williams: ‘I Was Trying To Recruit… Nobody’s Coming To Utah’