Utah Jazz Trade Deron Williams To New Jersey Nets, For Devin Harris, Favors

By Randall Stevens  |  02/23/2011

Deron WilliamsCarmelo Anthony may have been the the main topic, going into the NBA's trade deadline. But now that the MeloDrama is over, following the Nuggets' trade with the Knicks, another superstar shocked folks with a move before Thursday's deadline.

After a failed attempt at acquiring Carmelo, news surfaced Wednesday (February 23), that the New Jersey Nets have agreed to a blockbuster trade with the Utah Jazz for Deron Williams, reports ESPN.

The sports network says that the Nets will send rookie Derrick Favors and guard Devin Harris to Utah for Williams, who many believed would be the Jazz' franchise player.

Some speculated whether Williams was the reason Jazz coach Jerry Sloan retired earlier this month, when rumors emerged that suggested the All-Star guard gave the team an ultimatum: "him or me", after the pair got into an argument during halftime of a home loss to the Bulls earlier this month.

The coach retired the next day.

"Maybe arguing was the last straw, so there I am, guilty of that," Williams said at the time. "But I think anybody who believes I could force coach Sloan to resign is crazy. He's stronger than that and personally if I said that to him, he'd probably go tell me to go do something."

Williams' was set to become a free agent after next season, and the Jazz hadn't been able to mash out a new deal with the guard. Next season could've turned into a situation similar to Melo's, so it seems Utah nipped it in the butt before it could happen.

The newest member of the Nets has been an All-Star the past two seasons. This year, he's averaging a career-high 21.3 points and 9.7 assists per game.

In a separate deal, the Nets will send the expiring contract of forward Troy Murphy to the Golden State Warriors for center Dan Gadzuric and power forward Brandan Wright, ESPN also reported.