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February 23, 2011
The Deal: The Nets acquire Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz in exchange for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, a 2011 first round pick (Enes Kanter), a 2012 first round pick, and cash considerations.
If he resigns with the Nets following this season, Deron Williams will be viewed as the savior of a franchise in ruins. A big IF, but it should be noted.
After failing to land Carmelo Anthony, it looked as if the Nets were heading into the 2012 season, and presumably Brooklyn the following season, with one of the worst teams in the league. That is until the Nets traded for two-time All-Star Deron Williams.
Williams has a career average of 17.3 PPG and 9.2 APG. He is the type of player to build a franchise around. If he decides to stay with the Nets and can help lure in talented players, they can be a dangerous team in the Eastern Conference.
Given the desperation and status of the organization at the time of the trade, this has to rank number one on the list.