Reports: Utah Jazz ship Deron Williams to New Jersey Nets
Deron Williams, seen playing for the West in Sunday's All-Star Game, is reportedly heading East.
February 23rd, 2011
12:08 PM ET

Reports: Utah Jazz ship Deron Williams to New Jersey Nets

The Utah Jazz, fewer than two weeks after losing their Hall of Fame head coach, have shipped their point guard, one of the best in the league, to the New Jersey Nets, several sources are reporting.

The Jazz are expected to receive point guard Devin Harris, forward Derrick Favor, two future first-round picks and cash as part of a deal for Deron Williams, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Reports indicate the Golden State Warriors also pounded out a deal with the Nets, who were purchased last year by Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov. reports that the deal comes as a surprise - there were no whispers of it over the All-Star weekend - and dubbed the trade "a home run for Jersey."

The news comes on the heels of the Nets losing their bid to acquire the Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony, who will be joining the New York Knicks after a three-way deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Williams trade also follows widespread speculation that Jerry Sloan, who coached the Jazz for 23 years before retiring earlier this month, stepped down because of static with Williams. Both the player and ex-coach have denied the reports.

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  1. joeyss

    Cmon man!
    I was happy about melo going 2 the knicks now the nets have to trade and how can the jazz give up a top 5 pg for them harris sucks

    February 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bbfreak

    As a jazz fan since they were in New Orleans, I hope this doesn't mean what it meant back in 1976. The old owners had a similar fire sale...just before they bolted out of town for Salt Lake. I doubt it...but it looks eerily similar.

    February 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobby

    Utah should rehire Jerry Sloan.

    Utah basically picked Williams over Sloan, and now they have neither.

    February 23, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Clete

    He has Jersey hair

    February 23, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bobby

    David Stern can have his league of 6 super teams and the rest of us in the NBA wasteland (MN) can watch the JV, just rememeber Dave, get used to D-league like attendance then. Really sad you let all your stars play with other stars, only so many to go around. WIlliams wanted out and those of you that think this was on the Jazz are delluisional. He quit on his team! You are alienating a pretty large part of your fanbase Stern. I know you drool over NY, LA, Boston and Miami, but their are other cities that should matter, unless this is all by design and you will just close the doors on half of the unwatchables in your league.

    February 23, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • JazzFan

      Absolutely Agree!!

      February 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BillDog

    Too bad they didn't do this two weeks ago,,,,

    February 23, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. NJ Insider

    The Nets will trade him to NY for Carmelo in the next few days.

    February 23, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. James Jackson

    The Jazz only want to compete(management) not win a championship

    February 23, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 4th down

    The nba is getting weak in do time they are going to be forgotten about

    February 23, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ed bailey

    Any of you ever live in utard(Utah). He had every reason to complain.he got what he needed, a transfer to a free, real world!

    February 24, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. FootballFan

    Zzzz..zzzzzz... Snorrree huh? What? Oh basketball... Zzzz zzz

    February 24, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
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