Deron Williams Trade Ideas

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The Brooklyn Nets might look to trade their “Big 3” of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, and Brook Lopez, according to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN. But what might that mean for the Nets? Here’s our top trade ideas — and yours.

Top trade:

Brooklyn Nets trade Deron Williams to Sacramento Kings for Derrick Williams, Jason Thompson, Ben McLemore

The Nets want to compete, want young assets, and want fair value. This is about as close as it’ll get. All three are high first-round draft picks (Williams 2nd overall, McLemore 7th, Thompson 12th) who have struggled to live up to lofty expectations.

Sacramento starts Darren Collison at point guard, who has shot poorly to begin the season but does the little things well, and could use an upgrade like Williams, who thrived in a small market in Utah and might prefer to play alongside DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay, who are the evolved versions of current teammates Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson.

The moves the Kings made this offseason signified a team that wanted to “win now,” with the exception of letting Isaiah Thomas go, and the Kings started the year red-hot before losing DeMarcus Cousins to serious illness. It requires a leap of faith for Sacramento that Williams can be “the guy” again, and if they think he can, this move gives them a chance to take another step forward, while improving the Nets’ depth at the forward spots with three flawed but talented players to mold.

Other trades:

Deron Williams to Los Angeles Lakers for Jeremy Lin and Jordan Hill; Jeremy Lin and Steve Nash, and possibly picks:

My take: Some iteration of the Lakers & Williams popped up a few times, and it doesn’t *not* make sense.

Deron Williams, filler to Detroit Pistons for Greg Monroe, Brandon Jennings:

My take: The filler would have to be the opposite way — Monroe & Jennings don’t make enough to offset Williams’s $19.8 million salary. D.J. Augustin or a few minimum-salary Pistons could work. Monroe also has a no-trade clause. Monroe replicates Lopez’s skills in a lot of ways, so the Nets could view him as a replacement. But they also wouldn’t have his Bird rights in a trade and would likely be over the cap again next year, so I don’t see them acquiring him as a hired gun. Good idea, but pass.

Deron Williams to Indiana Pacers for Luis Scola, Ian Mahinmi, George Hill, Solomon Hill:

My take: This is the basketball equivalent of trading a dime, two nickels, and a penny for a rusted quarter that doesn’t work in soda machines.

Deron Williams to Memphis Grizzlies for Mike Conley, Zach Randolph:

My take: I took Lopez out of this deal because the salaries don’t match with Lopez, either combined with Williams or by himself. Regardless: the Grizzlies aren’t trading Conley.

Deron Williams to New York Knicks for Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani:

My take: I like Calderon, but it bothers me how many of you seem comfortable with taking on Andrea Bargnani’s contract.

Deron Williams to Utah Jazz for Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors:

My take: Quantum physics dictates that time travel to the past is impossible.

– Trade Ideas –

Deron Williams | Brook Lopez | Joe Johnson

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