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Why a Trade is Needed
New Jersey made some noise near last year's deadline when they traded Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two first round picks to the Utah Jazz for All-Star point guard Deron Williams.
Unlike the Carmelo Anthony-to-Knicks deal, Williams didn't sign an extension.
Deron is scheduled to become a free agent at season's end, and what reason have the Nets given him to stay? New Jersey currently sits in dead last in the Atlantic Division at 8-21.
After giving up so much for Williams, what else can the Nets offer?
Currently, Brook Lopez and rookie MarShon Brooks seem like the most attractive targets.
With tons of cap space this summer, New Jersey could roll the dice and hope to sign both Williams and Dwight Howard to long term deals, although waiting would be extremely risky.
The Nets would be wise to make some sort of deal to encourage Williams to stay, since they've given up so much for him already.
Possible Trade Partners: Memphis Grizzlies, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings
There had been talk of a possible O.J. Mayo trade, but nothing's come to fruition thus far.
The Howard rumors persist, and Orlando may be waiting for Brook Lopez to return from injury to see what kind of shape he's in before making him the centerpiece of a New Jersey package.
The Nets could possibly offer Lopez, Brooks, and the expiring deal of Mehmet Okur and future picks, while willing to take on the contract of Hedo Turkoglu.
If New Jersey feels Williams wants out, they could always consider calling a team like the Kings, who carry a lot of young talent, but could use a true point guard in Deron.