Wait, wait, wait, before you throw stuff at me, hear me out.
I don't think anyone would deny that this offseason has not, to put it nicely, gone the Nets way. Not only have we not agreed to any contracts with anyone, but we haven't really seriously been in the running with anyone. We haven't hosted anyone for a visit, except for Caron Butler, who signed with LA immediately following his NJ visit.
It's becoming increasingly clear that we're not going to get Dwight Howard. Orlando seems to want to keep him at least for now, and our cap space and ability to take on Turkoglu's albatross will be gone by the trade deadline.
So unless Billy King pulls off a miracle, it is looking unlikely that we will be able to sign someone good enough to convince Deron to stay. And who could blame him for leaving a team that looks headed for a starting lineup containing Damion James, Kris Humphries, and Anthony Morrow?
So it has come to the day none of us wanted to come: It's time to at least ask around the league for offers on Deron Williams.
Don't get me wrong, I am NOT suggesting that we have to trade Deron. We should not trade him for anything less than a great offer. But I do believe those offers are out there, from these teams:
Golden State: If the Warriors are willing to give us Stephen Curry and another piece or two, this is a deal that should be considered. If we can get Curry, Ekpe Udoh, and Dorell Wright from GS, this would be a great start to the rebuilding process. Curry is, I believe, the top shooter in the NBA and he would be a great face to the franchise going into Brooklyn. Plus, he's cheap. Udoh and Wright are useful pieces as well.
Oklahoma City: They can offer us a great replacement PG in Russell Westbrook and King, if he negotiates, well, could possibly squeeze out even more of their young talent in Serge Ibaka, James Harden, or Reggie Jackson. If we can get, hypothetically, Westbrook, Jackson, and a pick or two, this deal could be worth it.
LA Clippers: If we could squeeze Eric Gordon and Chris Kaman out of the Clips for Deron Williams, we should all hail Billy King. Gordon is a potential star SG who can score with the best of them and Kaman is a solid big on an expiring contract who could be flipped for other pieces. If LA is unwilling to surrender Gordon, we could still take Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, Eric Bledsoe, and the Timberwolves unprotected first round pick. However, I believe at this point the only way this deal is worth it is if we get Gordon.
So, to sum up, I am not advising trading Deron and at all costs. But I suggest to Billy King: Call up these teams and see if they will offer something that will blow us out of the water. For example, if LA offers us Gordon, Kaman, and Minnesota's pick (unrealistic, I know, but this is the kind of offer we should be looking for this early in the process) for Deron, Damion James, and Bogdanovic's rights, this is a deal we need to make.
We would have huge cap space after this year with major flexibility to sign a free agent or make a trade, but even if we don't, we'd have three high picks in a top draft, and could possibly end up with Harrison Barnes, Jared Sullinger, and Kendall Marshall. Think of a lineup like this: Marshall/Gordon/Barnes/Sullinger/Lopez. That would be a thrilling team to bring into Brooklyn.
The Clippers offer I suggested is probably unrealistic. But that's exactly my point. If, and only if, we receive a ridiculous trade offer for Deron, we should take it now and cut our losses.