Nets shock NBA with acquisition of Williams from Jazz

Things seemed bleak in Newark following Denver’s decision to deal long-pursued Carmelo Anthony to other side of the Hudson River. Not only was Anthony going to the Nets’ cross-river rivals, but the constant trade speculation made Devin Harris disenchanted with the franchise, and his exit for pennies on the dollar seemed to be the next misstep in the dismal affairs of the New Jersey Nets.

Then, out of absolutely nowhere, news broke this morning that Harris had been packaged with Derrick Favors and two first-round picks to Utah for Deron Williams, arguably the best point guard in the world. Williams is signed through 2012, so any comparisons made to Jason Kidd will naturally include speculation as to how long the All-Star point guard will remain a Net. Given the Nets’ situation 24 hours ago, this shocking news is worth the risk and helps to revitalize a franchise that didn’t have much of a direction once Carmelo and the Nuggets opted against dealing with it.

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  • Dan

    Crazy week for trades, and a whirlwind for Deron Williams and the Nets. I’ve followed Williams for the six years he’s been in the league, and while I’m disappointed to see him leave the Jazz, I’m really happy he found himself in a situation where people generally seem happy to have him.

    I watched the game last night and it was pretty entertaining. It felt like the entire Nets offense was brand new and trying to figure each other out. Over the years, Williams has developed a series of passes to distribute to the open man once he comes off a screen, and it looked like it’s going to take some time for all those guys to start to know what to look for when he does.

    I think it’s a great deal for the Nets and could easily be the start of something cool in New Jersey/Brooklyn.

    Thanks for the post, I look forward to reading more!