NBA Trades 2011 | Deron Williams to New Jersey NetsCategory: Basketball
The NBA landscape is fast reshaping.
After yesterday’s trade with the Denver Nuggets sending their All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks, another surprising deal has reverberated across the NBA.
This time, it involves the Utah Jazz All-Star point guard Deron Williams.
After courting Anthony for months but failing to get him, the New Jersey Nets decided to move to another deal and managed to acquire Williams in a trade that will send Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two first-round draft picks plus $3 million cash to Utah.
Deron Williams was picked third overall by Utah in the 2005 NBA Draft. After starting just 47 games in his rookie year, he blossomed into an All-Star where he was named twice and became a 2-time member of the All-NBA Second Team.
Together with Carlos Boozer (who already left the team for the Chicago Bulls in the off-season), he led the Jazz to the playoffs since his sophomore year reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2007.
However, he had been unhappy with his team’s lack of progress this season and clashes with long-time head coach Jerry Sloan have led many to believe as the reason for the latter’s resignation after 23 seasons of coaching the Utah Jazz.
Williams has been averaging 21.3 points and 9.7 assists this season, joining Oklahoma City Thunders’ Russell Westbrook and Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose as the only players ranked in the top 20 in scoring and top 10 in assists.
He will join young prospect center Brook Lopez in New Jersey.