CLEVELAND - Yes, Miami Heat guard Jason Williams said, the talk of a trade has hit home.

"The thing about it is how it affects your family," Williams said before scoring nine points in a 96-82 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday.

With the trading deadline less than two months away, Williams said he couldn't help but feel he was being viewed more as an expiring contract than a needed contributor.

"We're like some high-paid prostitutes anyway in this league," he said. "They just use and get rid of us whenever they want."

Williams is in the final year of a contract that pays $8.9 million this season.

"If it happens, it happens," he said.

What Williams didn't appreciate was being a scapegoat.

"Losing, everybody's just going to start to look for reasons why," he said. "Blame this, blame that, blame him, blame me."