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Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 at 3:15 pm  |  51 responses

Deron Williams, Teammates Shocked By Trade

DWill and his now-former teammates in Utah apparently found out about the blockbuster trade today while watching SportsCenter. Deron was not amused. Around the NBA, rival players and coaches are equally shocked. The Salt Lake Tribune reports from the scene of the proverbial crime: “We feel that we’ve addressed a current need at point guard with Deron’s departure, as well as the future with draft picks and a big man,’ Jazz general manager Kevin O’Connor said. ‘To do so we had to give up an All-Star, but we feel like this is a win for both sides.’ That part remains to be seen … Fellow Dallas product C.J. Miles was as dismayed as anyone. The small forward entered the league with Williams in 2005, and the two locker neighbors have formed a strong bond over the years. ‘Nobody saw it coming,’ Miles said. ‘It was crazy.’ Jazz veteran Raja Bell explained that multiple Jazz players, including Williams, were working out in the team hotel gym together when the news flashed on the TV screen. But they laughed about the blurb that rolled across ESPN’s Ticker, thinking it was just a rumor. ‘I was kind of shocked, a little bit of disbelief as it came across ESPN, just because I was sitting with him in the training room and he didn’t know anything about it at the time,’ Bell said. ‘We kind of chuckled about it, honestly.’ … O’Connor called to inform the Jazz’s new coach, Ty Corbin, as the team was getting prepared to leave the hotel for shootaround at American Airlines Arena this morning. The out-of-the-blue deal happened so quickly, O’Connor told Corbin, because the Nets were looking to do something big after their attempts at acquiring ex-Denver star Carmelo Anthony fell through.”

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  • http://nobulljive.com/ Enigmatic

    Hell, everyone was shocked. I know I was.

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  • JD

    Well, that rules out the theory that the Nets were cool with losing the melo deal cos they had the DWill deal in the works

  • ugly_fish

    Yaay now Coach Sloan can return now right?

  • http://jooo Max

    Deron probaly is like : Ohw shii what have I done now!

  • T-Money

    You mean to tell me that teams trade players without giving them a heads up? But.. but.. Dan Gilbert said you have to show loyalty? But.. But.. Dan Gilbert said that you had to at least give a courtesy call before pulling the trigger? I’m confused.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    they did him dirty man. This is how the front offices will do you if you don’t take your future into your own hands like Melo and Bron. Just came back fresh off of All-Star and they tellin him to pack and move all the way to New Jersey….dude has kids and a family……they did him dirty

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ speedy

    Come on.
    Deron wanted to play in NY.

  • http://nba.com/bulls The Babe

    Kind of serves him right for the Sloan incidents and his remarks on were he was gonna play. Kinda of a good thing tho if you think about it showing that the owners also have power as regards the players.
    Cosign The Black Rick Kamla

  • Clydesays

    Find that hard to believe. As soon as DWill started beefing with Sloan, I’d bet the Jazz started trying to figure what his value was around the League.

  • ugly_fish

    why are we showing this chubby bi-racial point guard any sympathy? Its not like they shipped off to Iraq…he’s still a millionaire in a better location that mormon Utah.

  • http://nba.com/bulls The Babe

    coming from an ulgy fish?….

  • http://http//portlandfan1203.blogspot.com Karley

    Haha thats good news. Im glad this happened makes the west just a step easier for my team.

  • JTaylor21

    Where are all the clowns that were b*tching and pouting about Bron not calling the cavs, where y’all at?

  • http://www.reddoorsociety.blogspot.com/ rainman10

    This is a new Jazz team, no doubt. First Boozer left, then Sloan and Williams. Will be interesting to see what happens over the next few years with this team.

  • Ryan D.

    5 gets you 10 Jerry Sloan comes back now. Any takers????

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    There must have been some real animosity between the front office and DWill for them to not even give him warning that he was going to be traded.

  • burnt_chicken

    Jazz took the Sloan retirement a little bit personally, it seems. This seems like the trade equivalent of a Bavetta make-up call…

  • Turk

    DWILL sealed his own future by twitter, with the NY comment. Utah is a classy orginazation and didn`t want the circus that comes with those comments. Dwill shouldn`t have been such a hater.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    this shocked the hell outta me.. its almost like they sent him to the worst team they possibly could just to show him that they were the ones in control

  • http://bashmo_4@hotmail.com bashmo

    The Utah Jazz self destructed within less than a calendar year. As someone mentioned earlier, Boozer’s departure, then Sloan’s and now, the best player on the team, the floor general, their best draft selection in more than a decade, Deron Williams’. This is such a shame. Such a shame indeed…

  • el_larsen

    you made sloan go?you wanna play in bigger market?be able to take more shots(with avery johnson lol),so everyone will know that you re way better than drose?well deron we move you to brooklyn.with love THE JAZZ

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ speedy

    @bashmo
    …best player on the team, the floor general, their best draft selection in more than a decade, Deron Williams…., the guy that already pointed ou that he will leave in 2012.
    In this small timeframe Utah wouldn’t have been able to compete for a chip. So why wait to rebuild.
    And don’t forget. Jazz are getting a good PG with Devin in return.

  • LA Huey

    First Chauncey, now Deron. Lots of loyalty and class shown by these organizations. I hope we all understand its a business now.

  • el_larsen

    WELL. yes but i think it’s more a player bizness now.they wanna play here,don ‘t wanna play there,the market is too small,my wife…
    so basically trade me or i won’t sign .nuggets really loved billups.he was a collateral victim of melo.williams ‘s gone cos he wouldnot have resign.and cos he made sloan go.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    @La Huey
    They don’t understand because most folks don’t want to understand.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Deron Williams is shocked too.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com Dacre

    With this cluster of player movement, what are the chances that the Nuggets and Jazz go below .500 the rest of the way and the Suns get a good look at a playoff spot now??

  • LA Huey

    @Allenp, yeah, heaven forbid I understand someone’s desire to live and work where they’d prefer.

  • MikeC.

    To add to what Dacre posted, the real winners in all of this are: the Grizzlies, Blazers and Suns who can now jostle for the 5-8 playoff seeds without worrying about Utah and Denver bumping anybody out altogether. The other big winner is D Will’s agent, who can now start the bidding war for 2012 since Williams is certainly not going to reup with the Nets.

  • Ziva

    Player wise, good for Nets. Deron > Melo (though he might not re-sign). Money wise, not as good as Melo, more peeps would have wanted to watch melo.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    All drama aside, horrible move by the Jazz. Just turrible.

  • jose

    This seems like a bunch of power plays between the players and the teams. Bron and Melo pretty much held their teams hostage in a way. and now the teams and Management are trying to make the moves before thier all-stars get ‘wise’

  • FoCo

    Decent move by the Jazz. Would have been better if they could have done it before Deron drove Sloan out. I fail to see where the Jazz are such bad guys for cutting ties with Deron before he could leave on his own (which he WAS going to do)…they just beat him to the punch.

  • Dagger

    Probably the most shocking trade I’ve ever seen. Deron Williams was the Jazz, and he’s arguably the best PG in the league. Still, if the Jazz actually thought he was going to leave in 2012 then this is the most they could have got for him, especially if you factor in the draft picks. I’m still not sure if this is a trade that helps both teams or hurts both teams . . . it all depends on whether the Nets can now persuade stars to join their team, and whether the Jazz were sure Williams was leaving.

  • http://zoran_dakovic@hotmail.com RickyRude

    Karma is a b*tch, ain’t it Deron? You wanna whine and complain about your team whch let a coaching legend go, now go play for the Nets.

  • Gus

    they shoulda have had his punk ass sank in Tulsa! way to go, bring the Slo back

  • NoCo

    This just goes to prove that Williams wasn’t the reason Sloan left. Apparently the Jazz were willing to trade Deron, so why wait until after Jerry left? This shows it was Sloan’s decision to retire and he wasn’t forced out, by Deron anyways, otherwise a trade would’ve happened sooner.

  • http://thegrandcompanion@gmail.com GoEast

    East is loaded. Atlantic division just added 2 of the top 10 players in the league in a span of 48 hours. They must be celebrating in LA.

  • Bryan

    Nobody did Deron dirty. He was going to leave become superfriends with a few other all stars like everyone else not named Durant is doing and clearly has been causing problems behind the scenes. Smart move from the Jazz getting something back.

  • lockon

    at least dwill is now on a team looking to improve. i was surprised, but to think abt it, the jazz almost didnt do anything to improve this year. they got al jefferson in replacement for carlos boozer, but also lost kyle korver, wesley williams and ronnie brewer for nothing. looks like this was also the reason why sloan got out. the jazz were not looking to compete in a stacked western conference. this could be also the reason of dwill’s and sloan’s frustrations.

  • Lan

    dear Jordan Farmar, How are you? regards

  • KB8toSG8

    Shocked……really shocked.

  • Aristotle

    When will you all understand that all professional sports leagues is just a way for rich men to spend their millions? It’s a hobby, it’s their own fantasy league. They chop and change as they wish, when they wish, and then get to write it off in their tax return. Players need to wake up to this too. If they don’t like the idea of being traded around, then stop dreaming NBA in this case, and start dreaming about some other career. I know I’d rather play basketball no matter what team I’m at. Deron already said he’d be looking elsewhere, so why would he be kept? The owner is going to try make the best deal that suits him and this hobby of his. But that also shows Dan Gilbert shouldn’t of opened up his mouth, cause if LeBron never reached the heights he did, he’d be shipped off too. In the end… just remember this. A lockout may happen next season, and owners in the end know that even if every current player left the NBA, not all can get a job elsewhere, and once the stars do leave, new stars from those who still are looking to get paid will arise. How many teams in Europe can pay all those NBA All Stars? IT IS A BUSINESS!!!! Sad but true. Good luck to those who get to go where they want to (Carmelo/LeBron), and bad luck to those who dont(Deron/Chauncey). In the end, every player needs to be professional enough to make the most of their current situation, and keep trying to keep their roster spot and get paid. It’s like a game of chess… some will be the King and Queen, and others will only ever be the pawns.

  • Justin

    Anyone who is comparing this situation to the Lebron thing is a complete moron. (Shocking to see JTaylor as one of those making the comments). DWill did himself in with the whole Sloan situation. Jerry Sloan is a legend in Utah and he’s going to start b*tching? Why, cuz he’s had a few good years statistically in the league so he thinks he knows what’s what? Give me a break!

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    That’s why I liked the decision. Who better to control where you make your millions for the few years you have in the league? You or a billionaire business man who could care less about you once your physical talents decline?

  • Oh Nose

    Maybe if Deron connected his beard to his hair he wouldn’t have gotten traded..

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    The Jazz are on a 5 game losing streak and in shambles…they just haven’t been the same since Deron forced Sloan to resign. smh…Now Deron gets to play in Joisey and watch the playoffs from his living room. lol

  • Lucas

    Probably the best example of karma comin around to bite someone that I’ve ever seen. Have fun in Jersey, Diva Deron!

  • matt the jazz fan

    damn this sucks. hope there is more in the works because other than at the power forward spot we ain’t competitive with the other teams that are likely to make it to the second round of the playoffs out west. even in its newly weakened state.
    damn.

  • BostonBaller

    Business is business…on both sides. I think it’s dirty but I can’t totally blame them either. You either deal him or lose him w/out getting anything in return. They could have at least called his agent as the ink was drying or sent someone to the workout area since he was somewhere near Jazz officials. I don’t cry over any pro athlete being traded or if one leaves a team high and dry b/c they’re all rich beyond belief.

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