Sources have confirmed that Deron Williams has been traded to the New Jersey Nets for Devin Harris and Derrick Favors. I’m shocked to see the Nets make this deal for Williams out of nowhere, and thankful there hasn’t been a Sports Center graphic dedicated to the “Williams Drama.” The Nets shipped a promising young forward to the Jazz who now have three legitimate power forwards and are set up for another trade, while the Jazz send Williams to the Nets, a player they knew they wouldn’t be able to resign. I wonder how Jerry Sloan feels right now.
The Nets get rid of Harris who was an average point guard at best while with the Nets and Favors who has shown some promise but has hit some bumps in the road. Right now this deal is great for both sides, but what happens if Williams doesn’t resign with the Nets? The New Jersey Nets will have traded away their future along with a draft pick for a rented player that most likely won’t get them to the playoffs this year. Williams had a better supporting cast around him in Utah and the team was still struggling, add Brooke Lopez and his two rebounds per game and it doesn’t look like the Nets are going anywhere. However, if the Nets do resign Williams, then they will be able to build around him with their draft picks. It should be interesting to see how this trade plays out, for now its a win-win for both sides.