Trade Candidate: Deron Williams

As their roster currently stands, it seems unlikely that the 8-21 Nets will find their way into the playoffs.  Of course, the team has been linked to Dwight Howard for quite some time and they are reportedly one of three clubs on the center's list.  While some pundits and fans expect Howard to wind up in New Jersey before the trade deadline, it's also possible that the Magic strike a deal elsewhere or even decide to roll the dice and hang on to their superstar. 

If that's the case, the Nets could head into the summer and try to retain Deron Williams while also pursuing Howard.  Alternatively, they could consider shopping Williams prior to the trade deadline.  Even though Billy King & Co. gave up an awful lot to land the point guard, it may be in their best interest to trade him if they don't feel confident in their ability to keep him beyond this season.

With his deal set to expire at the end of the year, Williams could put the kibosh on any swap by refusing to agree to a contract extension.  While that could hurt the Nets' leverage, trading an elite point guard will always bring a solid return.  So what are some potential landing spots?

The Lakers could certainly use a playmaker of Williams' caliber and they showed before the start of the season in their ill-fated talks for Chris Paul that they're willing to give up real value for a top one-guard.  If Paul was worth both Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom to Mitch Kupchak, he'd likely pay close to that to put Williams alongside Kobe Bryant.   If a third team can be brought in to provide the Nets with draft picks and long-term value, a proposal which gives them Gasol and subtracts Johan Petro's contract could be a good starting point.

The other obvious destination for Williams would be the Mavericks as the guard spent his formative years in The Colony, Texas, just 30 miles of Dallas.  However, the Mavs also have a dearth of young talent and it's hard to imagine the club putting together an attractive package for the Nets on their own.  Dallas could try to ply pieces away from a third party to pair with the expiring contract of Jason Terry, but they wouldn't feel compelled to do so unless Williams appears to be bound for another team.

Things should improve for the Nets in the short-term with Brook Lopez set to return from injury in the coming weeks.  However, the club's on-court play over the next month won't have much bearing on Williams' trade candidacy.  For the Nets to feel confident in their ability to hold on to the point guard, they'll have to demonstrate that they have the vision and means to compete beyond 2012.

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5 thoughts on “Trade Candidate: Deron Williams

  1. Mbspam17

    only way the nets deal d-will is if howard gets traded somewhere else and states that he will resign. otherwise they’ll hang on and fight till the very end.

    • Remind me again why the Nets would have interest in Pau Gasol as a centerpiece to a Deron trade?

  2. X-manjon

    the nets just need that one extra boost of confidence, and with Lopez back now, and Humphries’ emergence the last few games, they just need a good SG to go with this trio, and they could have a team to reckon with…and imagine if they had this for a lineup:

    PG: Deron Williams
    SG: Anthony Morrow, or maybe bring back Trenton Hassell
    F: Kris Humphries
    F: Shawne Williams
    C: Dwight Howard

    Deron, Humphries, and Lopez tho, if they gel together, could be even better a trio than the ORIGINAL big 3, you know before every team wanted one, of Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, and Richard Jefferson

    • BobAwesome

      You’re forgetting MarShon Brooks at SG, who is looking like he could be a future star in the NBA. Unless you are considering him as part of a trade for Dwight.


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