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Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles hinted last month if the Lakers would pursue Deron Williams.
It totally makes sense for both sides. The more the Nets lose, the less likely it is that D-Will will stay with the Nets come free agency. Does it make sense for the Nets to let him walk for nothing after they gave up so much for him?
With the Lakers in desperate need of a point guard, they can afford to trade Andrew Bynum for Deron Williams and sign him to a long-term extension. It's going to be costly to acquire one of the best point guards in the league, but it may be worth giving up Bynum.
The Lakers will then have Gasol, Bryant, and Williams. The identity of the team's offense will massively change, but it's not like they have a concrete one right now to begin with.
The Nets, on the other hand, get a top-five center and they can move Brook Lopez in order to rebuild the team.
Let's face it, Mr. Prokhorov. The D-Will Project did not work. Better to admit that now and move Williams and get something in return, rather than trying to save face and having the Nets enter a downward spiral for another decade.
The only problem with this trade is the change of identity, and how the defense will work. Also, Williams ran Jerry Sloan out of town in Utah. Can he and Kobe coexist?