20 free agents that could join Ricky Rubio (and Gordon Hayward) with the Utah Jazz

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Deron Williams

Ahh, D-Will. If you’re a Utah Jazz fan, you either love him or hate him. He’s the guy that rivaled Chris Paul as a point guard, won gold medals and led the Jazz to the Western Conference Finals or the one who threw the ball at Gordon Hayward, chased legendary coach Jerry Sloan out of town and has gone downhill ever since.

Personally, I’m still in the Pro-Williams crowd. He’s not the player he once was, but he has some good basketball left to play and has gone on record about his love for the state of Utah. He would also make for a nice back-up to Rubio and could play off-ball as well.

Splitting time between the Cavs and the Dallas Mavericks last season, the former No. 3 overall pick averaged 11 points and nearly six assists per game. He was pretty solid offensively in the early playoff rounds as well, hitting 60 percent of his threes in Rounds 1 & 2 for Cleveland.

However, his performance in the NBA Finals was a little disconcerting. In five games, he scored just five total points and missed 14 of his 16 shot attempts. Moreover, he looked slow and tired when matched up against the Golden State Warriors. But then, doesn’t everybody?