Much of this years offseason will be geared towards signing Williams to a long-term contract before he bolts out of New Jersey next summer.
If the Nets are not able to impress Williams enough, then this summer may be the best chance for them to ship him to another team and receive top talent in return.
The following slideshow contains five players that the Nets may try to swap Williams for.
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The concept of the Nets trading Williams to the Lakers for Andrew Bynum actually makes a lot of sense on both sides.
The Lakers could use a point guard to pair up with Kobe Bryant, and already have somewhat of a replacement for Bynum in sixth man of the year Lamar Odom.
Meanwhile the Nets would be getting a big man to pair up with Brook Lopez down low, and Bynum would be returning to the state he grew up in.
The Lakers didn't move Bynum for Melo during this years trade deadline, so it may be difficult for the Nets to pry him lose for Williams.
If this trade can go down, it would seem that every party would at least gain something out of it.
In another trade that would bring a big man to New Jersey, the Nets could swap Williams for Chris Bosh.
A lot of NBA fans believe that the Heat would do better with a real point guard and in order to get that they would have to give away Bosh.
It just so happens that the Nets could send Deron Williams, who would give the Heat an even better version of the big three, to Miami in return for Bosh.
Although Bosh does have his off nights, there are times when he can take over a game and he would be a great addition to the Nets.
Like the Lakers trade, this deal could work out for everyone, and if the Nets can't get Williams to sign long-term than it could be a serious option.
The Nets may not have to travel far to make a deal for Williams, as right across the river the New York Knicks may be interested.
The Knicks went out and added two stars in Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony this year, but what they are really looking for is a stud point guard.
The Carmelo Anthony trade shows that the Knicks would rather overpay and guarantee the addition of a player as opposed to hoping to win the free agency sweepstakes. With that in mind, the Knicks may go after a trade for Williams before he hits the open market.
Stoudemire has shown just how good he can be at times during this years playoffs, and would be a force with the Nets.
If the Nets can convince the Knicks that their chances of signing Williams are not very good, they may be able to pull off a trade instead.
If the Nets want to go with the stability of a player who has already signed a long-term contract, then Joe Johnson might be the answer.
Johnson signed a massive contract over the summer that will keep him locked up until he is 35 years old.
This would be a simple guard for guard trade, and would actually give the Nets a better scoring guard in Johnson.
Yes Johnson's best years are probably behind him, but he would add some veteran leadership to this team while also adding a lot of talent.
Meanwhile Williams would give the Hawks fans some new blood, and the hope that they could potentially sign him in the offseason.
Monta Ellis is one of the most underrated players in the NBA, and trading him for Deron Williams would not be a ripoff at all for the Nets.
One benefit of Ellis is that he is still young and has his best years in front of him as many of the current Nets players do.
Ellis will score plenty for the Nets, and would be a strong addition to the core.
The Nets need to capitalize right now while Williams has higher stock than Monta, because soon it could very well be the other way around.
All of the players on this list could be ideal additions to the Nets and these trades all seem pretty reasonable. It will all come down to if the Nets are able to sign Williams long-term or if they will need to deal him.