NBA Trade Bait: New Jersey Nets Big Fish in Deron Williams

Elliott SaltaresContributor IFebruary 23, 2011

No Carmelo? No problem. The New Jersey Nets have now responded.

They have weathered the storm and survived the "Melo-drama" to come out with a prize of their own.

Word is that the New Jersey Nets and Utah Jazz have agreed to a deal.  The agreement sends Derrick Favors and Devin Harris to Salt Lake in exchange for Deron Williams. This would be quite a coup for Nets owner Mikail Prokhorov and General Manager Billy King.

The move helps bolster the Nets' lineup with a marketable name as well as potentially hurting the future plans of their cross town rival, the New York Knicks.

Rumors have swirled about the likelihood of New York attaining the services of either Chris Paul or Williams via trade next season, but the Nets have now definitely made their presence felt.

Although official word has yet to surface over the possibility of a contract extension for Williams, New Jersey has given itself a chance to sell its franchise to a major NBA superstar.

This three-way deal—which also involves pieces from the Golden State Warriors—is a step in the right direction for this twice-burned franchise.

Having survived a failed courtship of Lebron James and the jilting of Carmelo Anthony, what lies in wait for the New Jersey? 

With Deron Williams and plenty of resources now in hand, what do the Nets have up their sleeves as the trade deadline passes in less than 24 hours?