In the surprise aftermath of Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan's resignation last week, many blamed point guard Deron Williams for driving the longest-tenured coach in pro sports to quit immediately, just days after signing a one-year extension.
Now rumors are beginning to fly that the franchise player might be on his way out of Salt Lake City, but not of his own volition. Some believe that the possibility of Utah trading Williams has been opened up after the recent revelations about his discord with the coaching staff.
Normally, smart NBA people would simply dismiss the idea that a guy like Deron Williams, under contract for two more years after this, could be traded. The situation in Utah, though, has always been about stability, consistency and unity—that's this organization's M.O.
So when a player speaks out, spars with the strong-willed Jerry Sloan and causes him to resign, it is not a good sign. In light of that, I think some (not all) trade rumors are relatively legitimate and feasible.
Here are 10 Williams-themed superstar pairings that could happen if Utah is ready to pull the trigger on trading him.