A source close to the situation has confirmed reports from The Record and Yahoo! that the New Jersey Nets have reached an agreement with the Utah Jazz on a trade that will bring point guard Deron Williams to New Jersey for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors and two first round picks. The trade call is expected to happen “within the hour,” says the source.
So basically, the Nets got (arguably) a better player than Carmelo Anthony for less than what they were offering the Denver Nuggets for Melo.
Who went where in the Deron Williams trade:
G Deron Williams
G Devin Harris
F Derrick Favors
2011 first-round pick (from Nets)
2012 first-round pick (Nets via Warriors)
The picks are the Nets’ unprotected pick this year and the Warriors pick next year (protected 1-7).
The Nets may also send, in a separate deal, Troy Murphy to the Golden State Warriors for Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright. New Jersey doesn’t play until Friday (in San Antonio), so they’ve got time to get their new players situated before they play.
Of course, this prompts so many questions …
Will the Nets now target Dwight Howard in 2012?
Could the Knicks have gotten Williams instead of Anthony?
Will Williams, who can choose to become a free agent in 2012, be happy playing for Avery Johnson?
Did the Jazz know that they weren’t keeping Williams beyond next season?
More rumblings on trade rumors from around the league …
WARRIORS AND NETS TALKING
The Golden State Warriors and New Jersey Nets are discussing a potential trade that would send disgruntled Nets forward Troy Murphy and a second-round draft pick to the Warriors in exchange for center Dan Gadzuric and forward Brandan Wright, according to league sources. But the deal has not yet been agreed to, according to sources involved in the talks.
The Nets have been committed to moving Murphy for weeks, after he fell out of favor with Coach Avery Johnson. Murphy has been home since early January, having played in just 18 games this season for New Jersey, averaging 3.6 points. But the 30-year-old Murphy has long been considered one of the league’s best rebounders and would be a good fit for a playoff team’s rotation. There has been speculation that Murphy will be bought out by whatever team trades for him, given that he’s on an expiring contract ($11.9 million this season), and would then sign with a contending team before the March 1 playoff roster deadline.
One source involved in the discussions cautioned that the potential trade was at best “50-50,” but confirmed the teams were talking, as has been rumored for a couple of weeks. Yahoo! Sports reported the trade was close to being done Tuesday.
The Nets acquired Murphy last August from Indiana as part of a four-team deal that sent guard Darren Collison from New Orleans to Indiana, along with swingman James Posey, with forward Trevor Ariza going from Houston to New Orleans and Houston getting guard Courtney Lee from New Jersey.
The 23-year-old Wright was a first-round pick in 2007 but has been slowed by injuries during his years with the Warriors, appearing in just 98 career games in almost four full seasons. Golden State acquired Gadzuric and guard Charlie Bell from Milwaukee last summer in a trade for forward Corey Maggette.
HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – For a team that didn’t pile up many wins last season, the Golden State Warriors certainly racked up their share of highlight plays.
When you start with the dynamite backcourt tandem of Monta Ellis and Steph Curry, that should be expected.
But much has changed for this team since we saw them last.
New owners, new uniforms, plenty of new faces and maybe some renewed vigor for a team that has never had to worry about the passion of its immense fan base.
With training camp just days away, we’re still trying to figure out how coach Don Nelson is going to integrate eight new faces — All-Star forward David Lee, Dorrell Wright, Louis Amundson, Rodney Carney, Charlie Bell, Dan Gadzuric and rookies Ekpe Udoh and Jeremy Lin — into the Warriors’ mix.
But Nelson is the league’s resident mad scientist, so if anyone is capable of cooking up something, it should be him. And he’ll be coaching (for as long as the new ownership group will have him) the sort of motley crew that should be easy to show some California love for all those Warriors diehards in the Bay Area.
Whether or not this team will inspire any reaction beyond their home base, however, remains to be seen.
I love that the Bucks aren’t asking for anyone’s sympathy. They’re going to keep smacking people in the mouth on the defensive end, the way Scott Skiles loves it, and dare you to underestimate them.
Beside, they’ve been talking playoffs from the start, or at least that’s what Brandon Jennings told my main man Charles F. Gardner of the Journal Sentinel after the win in Chicago:
“I’ve been preaching it all year, since the first day of training camp, was trying to get to the playoffs,” Jennings said.
That’s what you want to hear from your rookie point guard, who assumes an even larger leadership role, along with John Salmons, with Bogut out.
The men charged with picking up the slack in his absence showed up against the Bulls, too. Kurt Thomas played well defensively and snagged 14 rebounds. He pointed to a couple of other veteran big bodies the Bucks will rely on as they head into the playoffs.
“We’ve got two 7-footers over there,” said Thomas.
The reference was to the Bucks’ twin-tower duo of 7-1 Primoz Brezec and the 6-11 [Dan] Gadzuric, who haven’t seen much playing time but now could figure in the rotation due to Bogut’s injuries.
Brezec, who was obtained by the Bucks in a trade with Philadelphia on Feb. 18, did not play against the Bulls and has played a total of 47 minutes in 10 games with Milwaukee. For the season, he has played a total of 114 minutes in 27 games (4.9 per game).
Gadzuric is averaging 9.3 minutes in 27 games.
Going into Tuesday’s game, both players admitted it was difficult to stay ready for game action when playing so infrequently, but both vowed to be ready when called upon.
“It’s always hard because you’re not in game-like situations,” said Gadzuric. “So when you’re out of the game, you do practice, you do one-on-one, two-on-two or do some skill work. But it’s never the same as being thrown into a game-like situation where there’s so many different X-factors that are going on that you normally don’t get out of practice or individual workouts.
“So when you’re put in the fire, you’ve got to apply all the stuff that you’ve done practice-wise and try to get into the chemistry and just try to just go with the game-flow.”
Said Brezec, “It is (difficult to stay ready). I can’t say (it isn’t). But I’ve been trying to do everything that I can to stay in shape, running on the treadmill and spending some extra time in the weight room. Work on my pick and roll stuff and just conditioning-wise.
“But it’s still different when you go into the game. But we’re professionals and we know that when we step on the court you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do, you know?”