With a move to Brooklyn approaching, the New Jersey Nets are hoping to have a dynamic duo to start a new era. A foundation consisting of All-Stars Deron Williams and Dwight Howard, amongst others, would make things very interesting in the NBA.
However, there are some remaining questions left to answer for New Jersey to make at the trade deadline.
Will the Nets entertain the idea of trading Deron Williams at the trade deadline if they cannot acquire Howard? What if a team puts together a serious enough offer for Williams? Would the Nets risk losing Williams through free agency without getting anything in return?
If Williams does leave, it would be a huge blow for the team. Williams has been their most consistent player this season, as the team has dealt with a number of injuries to their roster. Despite the struggles, Williams has been averaging 22.2 points and 8.5 assists per game, showing once again that he is their franchise player.
The chances of entertaining a possible trade could grow, since Williams could bolt to any team during the summer. If he and Howard are adamant about joining forces, they can look closely at numerous options including Dallas, Phoenix, Brooklyn or even Orlando.
What will the Nets do if the Orlando Magic decided not to trade Howard to New Jersey and take a chance on re-signing him at the end of the season? Would Williams remain in New Jersey?
One would think that if the chances of winning are not great in New Jersey/Brooklyn, Williams would rather be elsewhere. Where that might be is another question.
The Nets could look to deal Deron to a team that gives them the best assets in return and will "rent" Williams for the remainder of the season with a small hope that he re-signs for the long-term or does not opt-out of his contract until another year.
The weeks leading up to the trade deadline could be the most interesting ones of the entire season.