Jazz trade Deron Williams to Nets

The Utah Jazz have traded point guard Deron Williams to the New Jersey Nets for rookie forward Derrick Favors, point guard Devin Harris and two first-round picks, according to league executives who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to comment on the trade until it became official.

  • By Rich Pedroncelli, AP

    Deron Williams is swapping a Utah Jazz uniform for one bearing the name New Jersey Nets.

The Nets also will acquire forward Brandan Wright and center Dan Gadzuric from the Golden State Warriors and send Troy Murphy to the Warriors.

After failing to land forward Carmelo Anthony, who the New York Knicks acquired Tuesday in a multi-player deal involving three teams, the Nets came through with a shocking, big-time acquisition.

A very stable organization for several years, the Jazz have undergone major changes in the past two weeks. Longtime Jazz coach Jerry Sloan stepped down after 23 seasons Feb. 10 and his right-hand assistant, Phil Johnson, also resigned that day.

While Sloan and Williams clashed at times this season, both said neither was the reason for Sloan’s resignation.

However, Williams didn’t remain a Utah Jazz for long.

The Nets are taking a risk, too. They have 1 ½ years in Newark, N.J. to convince Williams that he should remain with the organization when it moves to a new, state-of-the-art arena in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Williams becomes a free agent after the 2011-2012 season and cannot sign an extension with the Nets this season.

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