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.

SI.com 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. Lewy

    Williams always was a troublemaker.

    February 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. james

    They still like Jerry Sloan in Utah. To suggest this isn't punishment to Williams for running him out of town is silly. That's exactly what it is.

    February 23, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Duane W

    Williams got to big and lazy. I watched him a couple weeks back and he just lagged behind the team and made only half efforts.....glad to see him go

    February 23, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      I've been watching the Jazz all season, and I completely agree. He was way more energetic last year. This year, his heart just hasn't been in it.

      February 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Roland

    Dear Lewy – As an ILLINI fan for 30+ years – trust me, Deron is not a troublemaker. Jerry Sloan is from downstate Illinois. 23 years as the Jazz coach is plenty. He was clearly past his prime. Deron is a winner, Utah lost Boozer and have continued to slide downhill. Deron has made out Big Time.

    February 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Layne

      Yes, Sloan was past his prime. But he still led his small market, cash strapped team to winning records and playoff appearances year after year. You say 23 years of coaching the same team is enough. 22 of those were winning seasons. What more could management reasonably ask for?

      February 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alex

    Deron Williams is a me-first, spoiled athlete, he'll never lead a team to any type of glory because he is about himself only and not the 'team.'

    February 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Go illini

      Don't watch a whole lot of basketball do ya? You're comment proves that.

      February 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Go illini

      And btw...he led the Illini to the championship game so you were wrong even before you decided to comment.

      February 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • JazzFan

      Agreed. The Jazz may never win a championship in near future, but I will enjoy watching them play as a team.

      February 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Don't you think Carmelo proved that championships in the NCAA and NBA are not equivalent terms?

      February 23, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Go illini

    The Jazz organization has gone INSANE! To trade away a top 5 point guard...there is just no sound reason I can think of to do something like that. They will not be finding another Deron Williams in the draft. This is one of the worst trades in recent history.

    So they lost Boozer and Korver (btw...Thanks! Bulls fan here), then their coach, now traded their all star, future HOF point guard...something is going on in Utah.

    I'm sorry Jazz fans...that really sucks.

    February 23, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • JazzFan

      Didn't Utah get Deron in the draft?! He was going to leave anyway, glad the organization got something out of him and spared us all the Lebron/Melo idiocy.

      February 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      I agree with JazzFan. I was getting sick of Williams' complaining, and he was going to leave anyway. Will we make the playoffs this year? Probably not. But I think the Jazz got a lot more than they would have if they had waited until next year.

      February 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Glenn

    I think the Jazz did fine in this trade . Devin Harris is a fine pg . Derrick Favors will be a really fine big man . I bet those two 1st round picks will be fairly low . The Nets are not going to be much the next few years . This is a nice building block .

    February 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gman

    He's not that good, plays poor defense. He creates well, shoots pretty good, but a quick point guard like a Rondo dominates him.

    February 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tsowdsun

    No one wants to be the next Cavs. They all saw what happened when their franchise guy left. The owners need to keep the power and trade when they can before the player inherits the power at the end of the year.

    February 23, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bobby

    We are watching a MAJOR shift in the NBA power struggle and sadly it is run by the players more every day, unitl they ruin the league for which they are paid millions but that is not enough. Players now tell the world where they want to play and with who. There are only so many major cities and less with a nice winter climate to go around to the egos. Stern might as well take Minnestoa, Cleveland , Sacramento and Toronto and about ten more teams to Hong Kong, Berlin, Beijing, etc. so he can have every major city in the world covered. All he really cares about, ESPN slobbering over 5-10 guys in the league and the rest of his league is just a schedule filler.

    February 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tsowdsun

      Not so Bobby...this move was made by the Jazz not at the request of the player. This is about seeing how the Cavs and Raptors have done after they lost James and Bosh. The owners know now that they can't let talent walk away without getting something in return. Yes, players are saying "I want out". It happens. There are players though that will come to SLC, Denver, Cleveland, etc. with bells on to play. We only talk about the exceptions.

      February 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BB_Baker

    The Jazz management has their head buried in their sphincter. First Sloan is forced out, that is what all the news outlets in Utah have said, then they dump Deron Williams. I've lost faith in the Jazz management.

    February 23, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • JazzFan

      I agree with Jazz Mgmnt to ship Deron off – but the Sloan fiasco wreaks of a management problem. I am pretty sure that if Larry were still alive Jerry would still be coaching the Jazz.

      February 23, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Greg

    DWill has mostly dragged his butt around the court this season. Earl Watson has a lot more energy and with DWill gone, maybe the new blood will get the Jazz back on a winning track. Good riddance.

    February 23, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. R-Dub

    The way I see it, Utah is anticipating being in the running for Jimmer come draft time.

    Jimmer has said he thinks his game is comparable to D-Will's in style so he could work well in the Utah system and he wouldn't cause trouble.

    Go Utah Jimmerzz

    February 23, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MarToon

    I heard that the Nets are gong to sign ABDULLAHJ THE BUTCHER next to be their power forward.

    February 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bob

    How did a sports story end up on a Liberal News Website? That's funny

    February 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
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