As recounted in the San Jose Mercury-News, the Nets played off the Warriors' short term needs...twice. In the first trade, Marks sent Marcus Williams to Golden State for a lottery-protected first round pick in the 2011 draft. Then, a year later, the Warriors wanted to rejigger the deal, offering lower protections (and a second round pick) if the Nets would move the pick back a year. Nets did the deal. They now have the Warrior pick, protected 1-7, in 2012, a stronger draft class. They sent the 2011 Warrior pick to the Lakers to sweeten the deal that got the Nets LA's pick this June.
Problem for the Warriors: because the pick is protected through 2014, Golden State can't trade any of its first round picks through 2015 until the Nets get to use the pick. That makes returning the pick a lot more valuable to the Warriors than it normally would.
- The Ghost of Marcus Williams - Adam Lauridsen - San Jose Mercury-News
Marcus Williams is still haunting the Golden State Warriors - Kelly Dwyer - Yahoo! Sports