NBA Trade Rumors: Deron Williams Reportedly Close To Being Traded To New Jersey
Deron Williams Is On The Verge Of Becoming A Member Of The New Jersey Nets
Two days after their attempts to land Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets failed, the New Jersey Nets are reportedly close to making a bigger splash by acquiring Deron Williams from the Utah Jazz.
It's been rumored for a long time that Williams could be leaving Utah when his contract expires after the 2011-12 season, but no one really expected a trade to happen, at least not this year.
The deal, if it happens, would send Williams to New Jersey for Devin Harris and Derrick Favors. It would also include Golden State sending draft picks to Utah.
This looks like a big win on paper for both teams involved, if in fact the deal goes down before Thursday's 3 PM EST trade deadline. The Nets, who came so close two different times to getting Carmelo Anthony, will get a better player and only have to give up two players to get him. The Jazz came to the realization that Williams was not likely to stay in Utah after next year, and they will get a good point guard in Devin Harris and a rookie power forward with a ton of upside in Derrick Favors.
Williams is arguably the best point guard in the NBA, and he represents the franchise player that the Nets have been looking for in order to get fans excited about their impending move to Brooklyn. Plus, this takes some of the shine away from the Knicks acquisition of Carmelo, which is an added bonus for the Nets front office.
Again, this deal is not official, it is just on the table and it's very close to happening. We will find out very soon if it becomes a reality.
Update: The trade has been made official. New Jersey acquires Deron Williams from Utah in exchange for Devin Harris and Derrick Favors.
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