Utah point guard leaves team

Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams has left the team due to personal reasons, according to a post by the Deseret News. Williams, who is averaging 20.4 points and 9.9 assists, will not play when the Jazz visit the 76ers this evening at the Wachovia Center.

After Wednesday's 105-86 loss at Boston, Williams tweeted that the team was in need of change. Yesterday, he attempted to clarify, saying he wasn't looking for trades but just some changes in the lineup.

In a story by Ross Siler of the The Salt Lake Tribune, Williams said: "It's not the end of the world. I didn't mean to tweet like it was the end of the world. Just we've got to do something. I know the fans watching, I know the fans sitting at home, they're not happy with us right now. I'm not happy with us, either."

The loss to the Celtics dropped the Jazz to 3-5. In the game, Williams had 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes of play.

Williams had been battling back and calf injuries, but had stated yesterday after practice that he would be okay to play against the Sixers tonight, though he did not participate in the full practice.

The third overall pick by the Jazz in 2005 out of Illinois, Williams has career averages of 16.3 points and 8.7 assists