Let’s get it straight: You don’t trade Deron Williams, ever.
You don’t trade a 26-year old PG entering the best part of his career, 2 years before becoming a free agent, you just don’t. Not to mention the fact Williams is having possibly the best season of his career (21 points and almost 10 assists per game).
Now I must admit I have a (basketball) crush on Deron (Photo: Melissa Majchrzak/Getty Images). As a Nash-lover I think real PG are so hard to find you simply don’t trade them away not of Deron’s caliber. If your team is lucky to own one, just keep him happy and build a team around him.
I would take Williams over any Point Guard in the League with the possible exception of Chris Paul and Derrick Rose.
The Jazz got decent value in return (Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, two first-round picks and the usual cash) but it still doesn’t make sense to me. Favors could be good and has potential, Harris is an excellent player and only time will tell what will be of those draft picks.
I always hoped one day (maybe he will, who knows) Deron would end up with the Suns.
I don’t understand what’s going on in Salt Lake City as the Jazz made a couple of surprising moves: first they “let go” Coach Jerry Sloan after 23 years, then they traded their best player all in a couple of weeks. After Sloan resigned there were rumors that conflicts with Williams forced him to leave. If indeed it was true I would have expected that only one of them would go: why lose both of them?
Williams confirmed they had some kind of harsh argument going on, but, unless there’s something really big we don’t know (a la Latrell Sprewell so to speak) I think those things happen a lot in an NBA team clubhouse.
As a Suns fan, I like the Jazz move since Utah (31-27) is leading Phoenix by just 1 ½ games in the Western Conference playoffs race.
While I just don’t get it, this trade is much better than Gasol to the Lakers for nothing…at least for Suns Nation.
Yours truly, Luca, the Steve Fan