We've done it, friends. The team here at NetsDaily has traded the 29th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft along with Deron Williams and the $43-plus million on his contract, over the next two seasons, to the Utah Jazz for the 42nd pick in the 2015 Draft, the Jazz's 2017 first-round pick, the New York Knicks 2nd-round pick in 2017 and $3 million in cash.
Again, the deal is:
Jazz get: 29th pick in 2015 NBA Draft and Deron Williams.
Nets get: 42nd pick in 2015, Jazz's 1st-round pick in 2017, Knicks 2nd-round pick in 2017 (via Utah) and $3 million in cash.
Why did we make the deal?
I was asked to supply a blurb, which read as follows:
"We traded Deron Williams."
Simply, to get out of the $43 million still owed to Williams over the next two years was key. Swapping the 29th pick for the 42nd pick in this year's draft didn't hurt all that much. As we know, when you get to that range in the draft, 29 and 42 are nearly the same -- plus, the contract for a second rounder doesn't carry a "guarantee."
With this deal, the Nets shed a a major contract over the next two seasons and in return get three additional draft picks.
My plan: Get younger, build for the future, clear cap space for 2016.
Simple as that.
- SB Nation Mock Draft: The Utah Jazz re-acquire Deron Williams along with #22 pick, select Trey Lyles - Sonics Rising
- 2015 SB Nation Blogger NBA Mock Draft - Ridiculous Upside