The soon-to-be Brooklyn Nets were the biggest losers at the trade deadline.
Their dream was to place Dwight Howard next to Deron Williams and create a super team for their upcoming move to Brooklyn, but Howard shattered their dreams yesterday by deciding to stay in Orlando through next season.
This not only shattered their hopes, but also put them in a nightmare situation with Williams.
Williams, who will opt-out at the end of this year, is unlikely to stick around with the Nets beyond this season if he has the opportunity to join a contender this summer.
Why would he stay with the lowly Nets for another season, in the midst of his prime, while simply hoping that Howard soon comes after next season?
The Nets, in desperation mode, acquired forward Gerald Wallace from Portland yesterday, as they're apparently seeking to stockpile players to appease Williams.
But going from Howard to Williams is like going from Plan A to Plan K. The Nets will need to stockpile a handful more players to convince D-Will to remain, and the truth is that it's unlikely desperate moves placate him.
In fact, D-Will's already commented on this improbability. Nets insider Stefan Bondy has indicated that Williams has stated this to the Daily News: "I will not opt-in. It's not monkey see, monkey do."
Bold statement from D-Will. What does this mean for his future? Where will he soon be playing?
Check out the power rankings of where Williams will soon take his talents.