The Utah Jazz traded Deron Williams to the New Jersey Nets for power forward Derrick Favors and Devin Harris. The Jazz get another power forward in the deal, making it a bit surprising, and possibly leading to the realization that another deal might be coming for this team. It was quite shocking that Williams is heading to New Jersey, especially because there weren’t any rumors out there about the two teams even discussing a trade. Now Jazz fans have to be scratching their heads about what the team looks like right now.
According to ESPN, the Jazz get Favors, Harris, two first-round draft picks and $3 million in cash for Williams. The two picks could be pretty nice if it turns out that they can get good players in the draft, and on a larger scale, this trade doesn’t come out as completely unequal. The question though, what is Utah is thinking with this deal, and if they were simply going for the best deal on the table, and pulled the trigger a bit too early. The twist though is that the Jazz get the Nets lottery selection in the 2011 NBA Draft, which could turn out to be a pretty good pick depending on how the ping pong balls bounce.
Not many Jazz fans will know much about Derrick Favors, who was just selected in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft by New Jersey. He came out of Georgia Tech a bit early though, and he isn’t really ready to be a force in the NBA. Maybe that is the thought process here, in that New Jersey can coach him along and possibly have a great power forward “in waiting” when someone else is traded away or hits free agency. Favors is only 19 years old, so he has a lot of basketball still in front of him, and he could also turn into a huge asset if the Nets decide to go after another big man in the 2011 NBA Draft.
The Utah Jazz roster is what turns pretty interesting here, and it will take the court on Wednesday night shorthanded. Harris and Favors probably won’t see action until they play the Pacers on Friday, at which point Harris should be the starting point guard. In regard to the big men already on the Jazz roster, there is Al Jefferson, Mehmet Okur and Paul Millsap ahead of Favors on the depth chart. It would almost make the most sense for the Jazz front office to turn around and trade Favors for someone that could play in the shooting guard position immediately, possibly making them an even better team as the 2011 Western Conference Playoffs approach.
The Jazz have to start winning games again if they want to even make the postseason, because they are just half a game ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies for the eighth spot out West. Winning now is pretty crucial, and it would help fans to start to move on from the days where Jerry Sloan was coach and Williams was running the team.
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