Update: Thursday, March 15 at 1:39 p.m. EST
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that the previously speculated trade became official.
The Nets send Okur, Shawne Williams and a 2012 draft pick protected thru No. 3, sources tell Y!Nets trying to surround Deron Williams now.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 15, 2012
Update: Thursday, March 15 at 1:20 p.m. EST
Blazers have reached agreement in principle to send Gerald Wallace to Nets for 2 players and protected 2012 1st-round pick, source tells Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 15, 2012
The only pending matter now concerns the pick. If New Jersey makes a playoff run, the Blazers will acquire their first rounder. If they fail to, it stays with the Nets.
This has not been a banner year for neither the Nets nor Blazers. As a result, both teams are looking for a little bit of a shakeup. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the two teams are closing in on a deal.
Nets are close to sending Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and a protected 1st round pick to Portland for Gerald Wallace, league sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 15, 2012
As the numbers of the three players will tell you, Wallace is clearly the best single player involved in this move.
While Wallace is the best player involved, these are the kind of trades that happen a lot at this time of the year with struggling teams. Matching up value is one thing, but teams like this often are looking for a new look, as the old one was clearly not working.
I can't say for certain that that's the case here, but it's a pretty good guess. We're not looking at superstar talent in any of these players.
Something else to note is the contracts. Wallace is the best player involved and signed through next season, so it's certainly plausible that they did this trying to appease Deron Williams, who will be a free agent this offseason.
Meanwhile, the Blazers will be losing Okur's contract (nearly $11 million) at the end of the season.
Trying to find any motivation for this trade is pure speculation, but these are factors to look at for both teams. At this point, neither team is in the playoff race. So, it looks like this is an attempt from both to make one last move, while also keeping an eye towards the future