Deron Williams says he has tried to recruit people to play alongside him in Utah.

“It’s hard to get free agents. It is,” Williams said. “You look at our team the last couple years, we really haven’t — besides [Carlos Boozer] — had any big free agents. Most people have either got traded or drafted.

“We’ve had some great second-round picks that have blossomed for us — Paul Millsap and Jeremy Evans — we’ve had some of those. But for the most part it’s hard.”

Williams has even tried to do some recruiting on his own.

“I’ve tried,” Williams said. “I recruit the heck out of people.”