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The "Will he stay or will he go?" Deron Williams game had to be the most fun anyone in Brooklyn had on draft night. After trading their first-round pick to the Trail Blazers for Gerald Wallace, who is now a free agent, the Nets weren't slated a pick until No. 57, just three slots before the end of the draft.
That doesn't bode well for keeping Williams around, even if he doesn't care about youth. To lose two quality players for nothing is a sign of poor management, and it's now up to the free-agent courting to ensure he stays for the unveiling of a new stadium and logo.
The Nets, however, jumped in at No. 41 and nabbed guard Tyshawn Taylor from Kansas. The four-year senior improved each year, and he's a nice way to start over should Williams exit. He's a quality defender and underrated scorer, playing solid each year for coach Bill Self.
Then, with the No. 57 pick, they got Ilkan Karaman, and were able to trade for the No. 54 pick, Tornike Shengalia, from the Sixers. Both are international players, and it's unclear if either will ever see the NBA court.
Getting Taylor kept this from being an F for the Nets, who are in full-fledged D-Will mode starting now.
Acquired pick No. 41, Tyshawn Taylor, from Blazers for cash.
Acquired pick No. 54, Tornike Shengelia, from 76ers for cash.
No. 57: Ilkan Karaman