Tag:2011 Trade Deadline
Posted on: February 24, 2011 6:27 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2011 6:28 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Any other deadline day, Aaron Brooks going to Phoenix would feel like really big news. But in week where roughly 10 percent of the league was traded, included something like eight All-Stars, it sort of got overlooked.
The Rockets have been talking about moving Brooks for some time as he's kind of soured in Houston. They're fine with handing the team to Kyle Lowry and heck, maybe even Dragic now who is a pretty good point guard. They also get a nice first-round pick from Phoenix, which is always an added bonus.
Houston was itching to make some kind of deal the entire deadline. For whatever reason, Daryl Morey wanted to move some pieces around. The Rockets kept trying to say they weren't moving Brooks, but the closer things got, the more obvious it was getting. Houston wasn't committing to him long-term, he was souring in his role with the team and wasn't getting along with Rick Adelman.
Strike one, two and three.
The Suns on the other hand, get last season's Most Improved winner and a decent heir to Steve Nash's throne. Of course Brooks is a restricted free agent so something will have to be settled there, but Phoenix likely didn't make this deal just to let Brooks walk. At some point they will need a new point guard and Brooks looks to be their man.
Again, the key is figuring out how Brooks fits in long-term. If Phoenix isn't willing to pay him, then all they ended up with was two months of backup duty and a small improvement over Dragic at that position.
So it's clear the the Suns will do everything necessary to keep him. He should fit well into the up-and-down system Alvin Gentry runs and as a scoring point guard, will likely enjoy his role. He's got to get back to the player he was in 2009-10 though. He has to find the confidence and playmaking ability that won him the Most Improved trophy.
The Rockets didn't get any worse with the trade, but definitely didn't improve. The pick is the nice part for them. Phoenix on the other hand may have gotten a steal, but that's only if they can find the old Aaron Brooks.
Posted on: February 23, 2011 1:05 pm
Posted by Matt Moore
The Salt Lake City Tribune reports on Deron Williams' reaction to being traded to the New Jersey Nets:
The Trib also reports that Williams was "dumbfounded" regarding trade and had no idea it was coming. CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports the same, that Williams is not happy with this trade. If true, you have to wonder about two different issues.
1. Did the Jazz make this move too soon and if so, why? The Jazz must have been concerned about Williams leaving them high and dry like LeBron James did Cleveland and Carmelo Anthony threatened to do with Denver. There have been reports about increasing frustration from Williams this season over the team spinning its wheels in place and even regressing. This seems like a reactionary fallout move from Jerry Sloan's resignation, almost as if the Jazz were saying "We don't want the guy who drove Sloan out." Which is kind of insane, considering Jerry Sloan's age and the fact that Williams is an All-Star who don't exactly grow on trees, I don't care how many picks the Nets gave you. If Williams was amiable at all to staying in Utah, the Jazz should have done everything in their power to keep him. But that's fairly obvious, so you have to think at some point, the Jazz got the impression that Williams was not going to be in Utah in 2012-2013, and decided to cash in now.
2. If Williams didn't sign off on this trade, why did the Nets do it? The Nets just got through with the Carmelo Anthony negotiations, and were unwilling to take on Anthony without his extension. Williams is unable to sign such an extension until July 9th, but if he's unhappy with this trade, aren't the Nets in the exact same position as they would have been with Anthony in a "rental" situation? If Williams is unhappy in New Jersey and elects not to re-sign with the Nets, Prokhorov will have just traded Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and two first-round draft picks for 1.3 years of Deron Williams, who could very well just take the subway over to MSG and sign with the Knicks. Sure, it's not the deal that included all those in this trade plus Troy Murphy and another pick the Nuggets were asking for, but it's still quite a bit. This is still a brilliant deal for the Nets, but now the pressure is on to make major strides in order to convince Williams he wants to commit to Brooklyn upon relocation. It's got a huge payoff, but this is certainly a massive gamble without clearing the trade with Williams first.
Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:37 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 3:08 pm
Grading the trade of Deron Williams to the New Jersey Nets for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and two first-round picks.
Posted by Matt Moore
Deron Williams has been traded to the New Jersey Nets for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and two first-round picks, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports. The Nets are also trading bigman Troy Murphy's expiring contract to the Warriors in exchange for Dan Gadzuric and Brendan Wright. It's a stunning move that comes just days after the Nets failed to acquire Carmelo Anthony in last-minute talks at All-Star Weekend. Their efforts included a meeting with Mikhail Prokhorov that failed to convince the All-Star forward. But now, at long last, the Nets have their All-Star, the Jazz are rebuilding, and Deron Williams has the market he's obviously been longing for.
So how did everyone do in this deal?
Well, Deron, it's not New York, but it will be. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported last weekend that Williams began telling associates last summer that he would look to join Amar'e Stoudemire in New York should Stoudemire sign with New York in free agency. Now it would appear that Williams gets his wish to play in the world's biggest market, he'll just have to wait a year when the Nets relocate to Brooklyn. He's playing with a point-guard friendly coach in Avery Johnson and he gets to work with his first true center in Brook Lopez. The only problem? It would appear Williams is not happy with the trade.
The frenzy is going to be phenomenally loud for Williams on his way out. Despite his denials, Williams was linked to a confrontation with Jerry Sloan that was followed immediately by his resignation. Williams is associated with running the 22-year-tenured head coach of the Jazz out of town, and is now bolting. We said that leaving in free agency would be a PR disaster for him afterwards, but this affords him the easy excuse of it being out of his hands. And at the end of the day, he still controls his destiny, able to sign or not sign an extension with New Jersey on July 9th.
Williams gets all the media frenzy that comes with this move, without the hoopla of "The Decision" or the drawn out pressure and exhaustive media scrutiny of Melo's ordeal. He gets the big market with a young core moving to take over Brooklyn as the second New York team, playing for a billionaire willing to spend to win. But he left a contending team for a rebuilding one, in a situation he's apparently not happy about. He may wind up pretty happy in the end, though.
New Jersey Nets
There's two ways to look at this, and either way, the Nets win.
The first is the conspiracy theory that's going to be massively popular for the next month, which is that Mikhail Prokhorov, owner of the Nets, purposefully raised the price tag on Carmelo Anthony, forcing the Knicks to constantly buckle to higher and higher pricetags, eventually giving up foru starters and a pick for the All-Star forward. Then he turned around and acquried a better, younger All-Star for less. In Soviet Russia, Nets trick you! It's a far-fetched idea that requires a whole lot of dangerous maneuvering and a pretty petty rivalrly. Then again, the Nets put up a billboard outside MSG this summer.
The more reasonable theory is simply that word got passed to Prokhorov during the weekend that Williams was looking to get out and the Jazz were looking to move him for whatever reason. The package they offered the Nuggets was gold. Absolute gold, and they had already come to terms with surrendering that much in exchange for an All-Star. So when word got around that the Jazz would be amiable to it, the calls were made and it happened the same way you hear from a neighbor that his friend is looking to sell his car. His brand new, rocket-fueled gold car that he doesn't know how to drive.
On the court, this isn't going to be perfect right away. Brook Lopez has struggled this season, and that's likely due to Avery Johnson, not Devin Harris. His rebounding is terrible, and his defense has regressed. But he's an effective scorer in the pick and roll, and he just got arguably the best pick and roll point guard in the league next to him. The Nets have shooters like Sasha Vujacic and Anthony Morrow. But they are very much still a work in progress. This isn't going to be seamless, and the Nets will have some growing pains. But this was still a huge upgrade for the Nets and a no-brainer. Because of a simple fact: Deron Williams is an All-Star.
"Get an All-Star." That's been the Nets' objective since this summer: obtain an All-Star, because they are what sells tickets and wins games. Now they have it. Harris was expendable, clashing with coach Avery Johnson. Derrick Favors is a high-upside rookie, but this team wasn't angling for the future. It wants to win now. It had the picks to throw in for this deal. This was a no brainer. They gave up a meager set of assets in the long run for an All-Star point guard to put them on the map. They're no longer a hard sell for free agents, they're no longer a joke to the media, they're a player in the market, with the ability to make themselves into a contender over the next two seasons. Just in time for Brooklyn.
We're going to need to bring in the trauma counselors for the Jazz fans. In two weeks, they've lost their franchise institution coach for 22 years, and their starting All-Star point guard. They're now left with Devin Harris and three big forwards. They've gone from a Western Conference title contender (in some circles), to a second-rate team that may struggle to make the postseason. And worst of all, they have no real star. But they do have a lot of potential. It's clear that this move signifies an admission from Jazz management that they were not going to be able to sign Williams to an extension, and rather than subject themselves to a year like the Nuggets have gone through or worse a year like Cleveland in 2012, they chose to simply get the most they could right now.
And they got a lot. Harris isn't Williams, by any stretch, but he's a fine point guard, and could thrive on a team with more talent like the Jazz. Favors is high-upside and a little redundant next to Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap, but that could also allow them to move one of the two of them before the deadline or in the summer. That kind of flexibility is important going forward, and the Jazz are no longer bound to try and compete for Williams. They can elect to rebuild or try and swing for the fences with what they have. The Jazz were high on Favors in the draft, hoping he'd fall to ten. Sometimes you get your guy, just later.
But in the end, this spells the end of an era for the Jazz. Or at least, the death rattle after Jerry Sloan's resignation spelled the mortal wound to said chapter. Things will never be the same again for the Jazz. They had a Hall of Fame coach, an All-Star point guard many considered the best in the league, and the ability to build around him to try and win a title. Now they find themselves among Cleveland, Toronto, and Denver, albeit with a better set of assets. Just another small market torn asunder by the new exodus of stars to their big-market counterparts.
More Winners and Losers:
Brook Lopez: As mentioned above, Lopez is a huge winner here. His numbers should go up with Williams next to him.
Avery Johnson: Johnson may have been under scrutiny after this season for underperforming but now with Williams his prospects raise considerably. Of course, if he doesn't get it done with Williams, that will pretty much be it for Johnson.
Brooklyn basketball fans: You had to be worried about what kind of team you were getting. Now you know. One with an All-Star point guard.
The Western Conference: They've now lost two All-Star competitors in two days.
James Dolan: Let's see. You gave up four starters and a pick when you're a pick short for a gunning small forward who plays mediocre defense. Your rival gave up two picks they can afford to trade, a point guard they were looking to dump, and a rookie for one of the best point guards in the league. Oh, and you look like a moron for bringing in Isiah Thomas. Great week, Jimmy.
Tyrone Corbin: Good luck with that, chief.
Portland Trail Blazers: The Blazers were looking to get Harris for Andre Miller. They're likely to stand pat now.
Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:29 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 12:30 pm
Posted by Royce Young
It took four excruciating months of hemming and hawing for Carmelo Anthony to get traded to the Knicks. It took a little less than 30 minutes for Deron Williams to go to the Nets.
In a stunning blockbuster, New Jersey acquire Williams, Utah gets Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two first-round picks. A third team was used as the Warriors get Troy Murphy for Dan Gadzuric and Brandan Wright.
The Nets chased Anthony for four months, trying to schedule meetings, trying to convince him to sign an extension. And after it all fell apart, that's when they got to work. Instead of bringing in Melo, the Nets one-upped the Knicks and got a cheaper and better player in Williams. Mikhail Prokhorov said he didn't care about the Melo situation in Los Angeles. Well, I guess we know why now. Because their Plan B was way better than Plan A.
Everyone is going to talk about the Nets and what an insanely slick move this is. They just nabbed one of the top players in the league and arguably the best point guard for less than they were going to give up for Melo. It's a terrific deal for New Jersey. Like, it couldn't be better.
But on the other end, people in Salt Lake City haven't moved for the last hour. A couple hundred thousand jaws dropped in unison. Deron Williams is gone. Their franchise player, gone. Just like that. And only a couple weeks after Jerry Sloan resigned after 23 years at the helm in Utah. At this point I think you could relocate the franchise and it would be less of a stomach punch than this.
So why? Why was Williams moved now? Why so soon after Sloan's resignation? Are the two things related? So, so many questions.
Williams was already being brought up in talks that he wanted to go to New York in 2012 when he could opt out of his contract, as reported by Ken Berger. So really, the Jazz had the rest of this year and then one more guaranteed season with Williams. And we know what was coming in 2012. Deron Williams would most definitely be the new Carmelo Anthony. Questions every day about his future, rumors flying constantly out of Salt Lake -- it was going to happen.
And the Jazz played their trump card early. They nipped it in the bud. Instead of spending half a season dragging themselves down with trade and extension talks, the Jazz just got rid of the problem before it started.
Utah wasn't going anywhere this season. The offseason move of acquiring Al Jefferson wasn't working out and the team had been slipping since December. Really, this year was kind of a lost cause. Utah could look forward to next year, but again, it would be a year of Derondrama, and that wanted to be avoided. So a deal was made.
Clearly, general manager Kevin O'Conner wasn't confident in Utah's chances of re-signing Williams. I don't need to say that because it's pretty obvious with the deal. But the Jazz aren't a franchise that gets played. They've been successful for a quarter of a century with only a few minor hiccups here and there. They absolutely did not get back equal value for Williams, but they did get a solid package. They'll have to rebuild, which is something they aren't scared of doing.
Because now, Williams is New Jersey's problem. There's no guarantee (that we know of yet) of him signing an extension with the Nets. I'm sure Prokhorov and Billy King figure that will happen, otherwise they don't make this deal, but we don't know for sure. By the sound of it, Williams wasn't really asked. Jazz radio man David Locke tweeted that it wasn't Williams' choice to move and that he was stunned by it. So are we, Deron.
On top of it all, Williams was a bit of a problem child. He had major dust-ups with Sloan, didn't always get along with management and ownership and while he completely embraced the Jazz and Utah, he had some attitude. And the Jazz aren't an organization that routinely works through those type of things. So when you start to pile all of this on top of each other, it starts making more and more sense.
There's potential this works out for Utah. They loved Favors before the draft, got a quality point guard in Devin Harris and two first-round picks that will likely be high. They foundation of Utah has been shaken if not destroyed over the past month, but there's a clear effort to rebuild. And I guess it had to start with getting rid of the team's best player. Williams helped nudge Jerry Sloan out the door and just a few weeks later, he was packing too.
But here's the good news Utah: You've just got a lot better chance at getting Jimmer Fredette now.
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:12 am
Edited on: February 23, 2011 11:22 am
Deron Williams traded to Nets for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and two first-round picks.
Posted by Matt Moore
Breaking news this morning as Ken Berger of CBSSports.com confirms a Bergen Record and Yahoo! Sports report that Deron Williams has been traded to the New Jersey Nets for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and two first round picks. It's a three way trade in which Troy Murphy is also being traded to the Golden State Warriors for Brendan Wright and Dan Gadzuric.
It's a stunning development coming just days after Berger reported that Williams told associates last summer that he looked to play in New York with Amar'e Stoudemire. It's clear now Williams has been seeking a bigger market. He just got one. And the Nets now have their superstar. More coming shortly on this breaking story.
Posted on: February 22, 2011 10:05 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2011 12:42 am
Harris being talked about for deals to Portland, Dallas.
Posted by Matt Moore
Devin Harris has been on the block for months, and now things are staring to get serious with the deadline two days away.
Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports further details on the possible Devin Harris swaps with the Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets . "Nets considering sending Devin Harris to Portland forAndre Miller or Dallas for Caron Butler 's expiring contract, Dominique Jones and 1st." ESPN reports that deal has been rejected, because the Mavericks only want to send Butler.
The Dallas Morning News throws some unsourced cold water on the Devin Harris talk. "Normally, the Mavericks look for bargains when it comes to the trade deadline. This year, bargains won’t do. Steals are what they are seeking. If it’s not along the lines of something great for something close to nothing, they don’t seem interested. Speculation about a reunion with Devin Harris seems farfetched, at best. And the Mavericks are in the enviable position of liking their situation and not needing (or wanting) to take on any long-term money in any deal."
Yahoo! Sports is also reporting that the Blazers are also in the talks.
The Harris deal for Portland's Andre Miller if it winds up straight up. Miller is older, and even with a non-guaranteed contract, that only helps if you land an improvement over the summer. The Nets would essentially be downgrading while giving away their best trade asset. I don't care how well Andre Miller throws the lob, that's insane.
The Dallas Morning News reports that the Dallas end of the talks is "far-fetched." Butler himself says on Twitter he's not gonig anywhere . But based on what we know of Cuban, and his soft spot for Harris, we'll have to keep an eye on it. Adding Harris makes their guard depth considerable.with Harris, Kidd, Jason Terry, Dominique Jones, Rodrigue Beaubois, and Jose Juan Barea. It basically removes any players just taking up roster spots in the backcourt. Dallas almost always makes a move or looks to, and this season should be no exception, despite all the calming noise coming out of Dallas.
Posted on: February 22, 2011 1:18 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Despite missing on Melo, trade rumors are still swirling on the southern side of the Hudson River. Ken Berger tweeted yesterday about the potential of the Nets moving point guard Devin Harris to the Trail Blazers from Andre Miller and Joel Przybilla.
And amid all that speculation, the Nets have decided to cancel practice, according to SB Nation. The Nets don't play until Friday, but according to the report, New Jersey wants to keep its players away frmo the media hounds until the Harris stuff settles one way or the other.
A wise move, but one that only accelerates rumors though. The Nets have gone through a bunch of crap during this Melodrama, and now it's all going to start over again. Then again, most everyone knows that during the trade deadline players are on the block. But you don't see everyone running out and canceling practice because of it.
Harris is one of the top chips on the market and despite being somewhat of a disappointment this season, he's still a young point guard with talent. And the Nets appear to be a team ready to roll the roster over a bit more. Their offseason acquisitions have turned out to be mostly a disaster and the team has limped to a 17-40 record.
General manager Billy King is going to be active around the deadline so he's just clearing the air so he can work a bit. If you take this as a sign a Harris deal is imminent, I wouldn't blame you.
Posted on: February 22, 2011 12:06 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Masai Ujiri told NBA.com otherwise saying, "We got these guys to play for the Nuggets." That doesn't mean other teams are going to at least inquire.
According to ESPN.com, the Los Angeles Clippers are offering a first-round pick that they acquired from Minnesota to Denver for Danilo Gallinari. The pick is top 10 protected in 2011, but completely unprotected in 2012, making it potentially one of the most valuable picks out there. You know, because Minnesota stinks and all.
An interesting deal for both sides that could say a lot. The Clippers have been hunting a quality small forward for some time as rookie Al-Farouq Aminu develops. Gallinari would certainly fill a role next to Blake Griffin, even if he's not exactly the ideal scoring punch they're probably hoping for at the 3. Still, with his outside floor-stretching ability teamed with Eric Gordon, the Clippers would have a nice inside-out look.
Thing is, that pick is really valuable. And while Gallinari is a good player, he might not be a good enough fit to justify giving it up.
On the Nugget side of things, a deal moving Gallinari would signal a plan to blow up things in Denver. I don't think Ujiri was lying when he said those players were acquired to be Nuggets, but he also might not have expected deals like the one the Clippers are offering. He has some very intriguing decisions to make here. If he landed that pick the Nuggets would have some tough lotteyr years ahead, but would also have a bevy of first-round choices to rebuild with.
But these next few days leading up to the deadline will be telling for Denver. They're at a crossroads and Ujiri has to decide if he wants to check, fold or go all in with what he's got.