Deron Williams was sitting at home watching TV and found out he was traded to New Jersey. That’s not exactly what happened but the reaction was probably the same. Williams didn’t expect this trade. Nor did anyone that wasn’t following trade rumors. Even then, it appeared NJ wanted Andre Miller or Caron Butler’s contract.
The Jazz knew DWill wouldn’t re-sign with them so this was a good move on their part and avoid the Melo/LeBron drama. And they basically admit to blaming him for Jerry Sloan’s retirement, Jazz have been horrible since Sloan left. The Nets get a better player than Melo but they have a tough case to get DWill to sign an extension with them. With Favors and Murphy gone, they have no post presence to help Brook Lopez. The Nets are obviously lining up cap space for free agent this Summer or next. What they will do with that money is anyone’s guess. They traded their future (Favors and draft picks) to win now. The Nets still don’t know what they’re doing on their court, they’re still lacking identity. Just looking at the roster makes you understand why DWill isn’t happy being traded.
Poor Al Jefferson, just as he’s shipped to a good team it implodes.