24 February, 2017
The Mavs held Williams out of practice the past two days while attempting to trade him. However, the five-time All-Star's seen just one of those appearances come during a season in which he didn't play in Salt Lake City.
Williams signed with the Mavericks in 2015 after being waived by Brooklyn and is now in his second season with the team, averaging 13.1 points and 6.9 assists on 43 percent shooting in 40 games this year.
Kevin Pelton: Sellers. With the New Orleans Pelicans adding Cousins, the Mavericks' odds of coming back to make the playoffs this season have gotten even longer.
The Jazz expressed some interest in reacquiring Williams via trade, but talks never reached a serious stage, sources said.
Jazz starting point guard George Hill is having trouble staying healthy this season, missing 22 of 57 games before the All-Star break.
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The Mavericks now have Yogi Ferrell, Devin Harris and the injured J.J. Barea at point guard, although Harris has played mostly shooting guard over the last few seasons. The Jazz now average 100.2 points per game, placing them 28th in the league.
Hill is now backed up by Dante Exum and Shelvin Mack, both of whom struggle with consistency.
With the Mavericks parting ways with Williams, they have made it clear that undrafted rookie Yogi Ferrell will get the reigns as the team's starting point guard for the foreseeable future. According to Lowe, the Jazz have tested the trade market for power forward Derrick Favors over the past few weeks, but he does not know if they were really considering moving him.
Should Dallas move both of these players, it would surely enable the team to get draft pick compensation and potentially a youngster in return.