Well, the Nets lost out on Carmelo, but that set back didn't last long. The Nets have agreed to a trade with the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors that will give the Nets Deron Williams. The breakdown of the trade is below.
Get: Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, and draft picks (2 1st rounders)
Golden State Warriors
Get: Troy Murphy
New Jersey Nets
Get: Deron Williams, Brandan Wright, and Dan Gadzuric
My take on New Jersey: Wow!!!! I guess this is what you do when you're a little desperate. I say that because Williams can opt out at the end of his contract in 2012 and can't sign an extension until July 12, 2011. The NBA will probably be locked out until the new collective bargaining agreement can be ironed out. Brandan Wright is intriguing because he's been buried on the Warriors bench, but should get some run if Avery lets him touch the floor. Dan Gadzuric retired a year or two ago, right? (Joke). On the floor, I love Williams' game because he is a complete point guard and is often in the conversation as one of the best in the game. Brook Lopez probably had a wet dream this morning, just thinking about how much easier his job will now will become with a bonafide PG. If Williams thought Sloan was tough, he's definitely going to be at war with the Little General too. If Williams walks at the end of 2012, this would be a HUGE disaster.
My take on Golden State: They gave up two guys that didn't play and turned him into another PF that can rebound. This guy is essentially David Lee without the ability to score as well. Murphy has an expiring contract so at the worst case, this will be a salary dump. If Murphy was taller, this would have to be defined as a coup. Hey, at least he's well rested so running with the Warriors shouldn't be an issue.
My take on Utah: Something going on in Utah and I'm not sure what it is. Are they concerned that they would have to go through what the Nuggets went through this year with Melo or are they looking at it like they had another LBJ scenario on their hands? Derrick Favors is a good big that can probably play well in that system, but that system will definitely have to change with the departures of Sloan, his #1 in charge, and Williams. You'd have to say that the Nuggets did a pretty good job with the handling of Melo and got way more than the 2 compensatory picks that the Cavs and the Raptors received with LBJ and Bosh leaving. Big men are in high demand in the league and especially those that have a high upside. But if that were the case, the question has to be is Williams worth trading Favors? I guess we'll find out.
Who got beat? Was this a response to the Knicks trade? Has the East gotten better? What in the halibut is going on here?
Update: The Warriors are planning on buying out Troy Murphy and all signs are set for him to sign with Orlando once that happens. That gives Orlando another rebounder and someone who is rugged enough to stand up to the bullies in the East.