The New Jersey Nets have agreed to a blockbuster trade with the Utah Jazz for Deron Williams.
The Nets will send Derrick Favors and Devin Harris to Utah for the All-Star point guard.
The Nets had been trying to get Carmelo Anthony.
Here are their stats:
PER GAME WILLIAMS ANTHONY
Points 21.3 25.2
Rebounds 3.9 7.6
Assists 9.7 2.8
Steals 1.2 0.6
FG Pct. .458 .452
More critical to Williams’ situation is the fact that he can become a free agent after next season and hadn’t made headway with the Jazz on a new deal. Utah could have faced the same kind of circus atmosphere that the Nuggets encountered with Anthony this season.
Unlike Anthony, who could opt out of his contract after this season and was allowed under the current collective bargaining agreement to sign an extension with the Knicks, Williams can’t opt out until after next season and can’t sign an extension until July 2011. The current CBA expires after this season, however, making all contract talk uncertain.
Williams was an All-Star the past two seasons. In his sixth year in the league, the 26-year-old is averaging a career-high 21.3 points and 9.7 assists per game.
Harris has played three-plus seasons in New Jersey. He has made one All-Star team and is averaging 15.0 points and 7.6 assists this season.
Favors was the third overall pick in the past NBA draft. He’s averaging 6.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 19.5 minutes per game this season.