Utah Jazz: NBA watchers react to Deron Williams trade news

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 1:57 p.m.

    He's a great talent and a tough competitor (even though his heart wasn't totally in Utah the past few weeks)... I'll miss him. But he was obviously going to leave us soon anyway... so why not get something to help us rebuild out of it?

  • Al Bundy murray, ut
    Feb. 24, 2011 1:30 p.m.

    Dixie Aggie

    Jimmer would be a good fan draw, I don't think he can replace D-Will?

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 11:26 a.m.

    Now that the dust is settling I think this was a smart move on the part of the Jazz.

    Not only do they get mileage by sending the message that no player is safe. Which should motivate all the players to play their best all the time.

    They also get the most value possible for Williams. They've watched other teams wait only to have the player decide not to re-sign at any price and move on.

    Yes, fans will have to be patient as the team rebuilds now, but players need to understand that loyalty goes both ways.

  • DixieAggie St.George, Utah
    Feb. 24, 2011 6:58 a.m.

    I've been waiting for someone to post a comment about Jimmer. I think it would be absolutely plausible for the Jazz to pick up Jimmer, and I think he'd make a great shooting guard. I agree.

  • ouisc Farmington, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 8:35 p.m.

    My heck. So many posters here have the same "all or nothing" attitude you accuse D-Will of having... ironic, isn't it?

    What happened between D-Will and Sloan are between those two. Let it rest, already, and move on. They have!

    Until we have an "ESPN Utah," of course we can expect the media to kiss New York money and look at trades from their perspective. Same thing happened with the Carmelo trade--read national media stuff and you wouldn't even know the Nuggets were involved in trading Carmelo.

    Personally, I like to believe Greg Miller is right on this one--he didn't see that D-Will was going to re-sign here in Utah, so while we were making a major transition, we might as well transition at PG as well.

    Ty "the Milkman" Corbin is a great man. He's a guy to cheer for as a coach. We essentially got 3 solid lottery picks, cash, and Devin Harris for D-Will--I really like this trade going forward. If Favors reaches his potential....holy cow.

    Now about that defense....Mavs might finish this game shooting 60%, yet.

  • Aggie84 Idaho Falls, ID
    Feb. 23, 2011 5:48 p.m.

    I wonder if anyone will answer the phone from DWill to help him move. Give me a call D and I will.

  • RH2011 Payson, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 5:47 p.m.

    Just a thought: It will be interesting to see if this is a ploy by the Jazz to try to land Jimmer Fedette in th up coming draft this summer, as several Jazz brass has seen him several times this season and love what they see.

  • JimBob Highland, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 5:40 p.m.

    The NBA needs to get salaries and contracts under control. That means no guaranteed contracts. The league must have the ability to fire unmotivated players.

    Until then, I could care less. The NBA is no longer a league or product that I care about. This from someone who used to attend the games in a suite.

  • OU812 Layton, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 5:35 p.m.

    Actually Mormon Ute, the Jazz sent a message to their fans which is they are not in it to win it. You can't win without a superstar. DW is arguably the best PG and one of the top 10 players overall. You build a team around him. The Jazz couldn't provide the goods. Taking players like Heyward? in the draft instead of talented PF you can groom is not going to get you very far. The Jazz have let the game pass them by. DW complained to sign players to win a championship and he played like he wanted to win. Don't blame him for wanting more. In the end the Jazz will be nothing more then a over achieving 1st or 2nd round exit, if they make the playoffs.
    I for one will cease to follow the Jazz any longer. Not much into the NBA, its nearly fixed anyways.

  • Captain L Provo, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    It is always hard to lose a star player, but I think this will be a good move.
    Todd, I don't think your complaints about KOC and the front office have ever held any water, they just wanted to make the right moves. This proves they are willing to move anyone and make any trades necessary to try to make this team better.
    Houdini: CJ could be moved in the next 24 hrs but I doubt it. KOC again mentioned CJ as one of the core players on this team. CJ isn't the player we need him to be but he can be and I think the FO think they can get him to play how they need him to.
    Love getting Favors he is a stud and has great potential but potential is just that potential and it will take time. The Jazz do have some young talented players to go forward with though. I really like Hayward & Evans, add Favors & CJ and two probable lottery picks and the Jazz will have alot of talent that is young. At least now we can look at the draft with anticipation and hope.

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 4:55 p.m.

    Some of you are missing the boat here. Williams didn't ask for this trade. All the articles are saying it caught him off guard as much as it did the rest of the players. This is the organization flexing it's muscle and sending a message.

  • Veritas Aequitas Fruit Heights, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 4:48 p.m.

    SJ Mom | 3:38 p.m. Feb. 23, 2011
    Draper, UT
    Since when is it "news" to care about what the media thinks?

    But they care about what posters think?

    Thanks for the Memories Deron...

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 4:05 p.m.

    the media thought that Jefferson was going to save the team. they have yet to be accurate on player or personel moves.

    The Jazz will still end up moving a pf off the team as well. Where can they sign Nene?

    In hindsight Deron was thrilled with the acquisition of Bell and Jefferson and said the team had got better but when he was running the team the season was not kind to him.

    Without Boozer, Deron sputtered and crashed. He is not big enough by himself to win in the NBA. Had he been coachable his coach and many fans could have told him that.

  • Bugoff Houston, TX
    Feb. 23, 2011 3:56 p.m.



    '"No,'' Sloan said in a phone interview with FanHouse on Wednesday. "That didn't have anything to do with it. I left on my own terms.'''

    However, so called Jazz fans may have forced DWill out. When Utah gets a super star he gets run off by the so called fans.

    Quit whinning about no super stars want to come to Utah. You are the primary reason.

    Millers save 3 mill plus 3 mill in lux tax and get an additional 3 mill in cash to pay the remaining lux tax for this year. That is 9 mill saved by this move.

    They get Favors the PF of the future who they wanted badly. They get Harris who can be good when he wants to be. They get enough good draft picks they can get the PG of the future to replace DWill for cheap.

    This is all about positioning for the CBA. Kiss this year off.

    The Jazz are building around Favors, AJ and Hayward and maybe Millsap. They will add more talent as needed.

    They are building a good affordable team.

    "players (coaches) come and go but the franchise will go on (Gail).

  • Observation-ist Ogden, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    I may be in the vast minority but my attitude is ... If you don't want to be here, move on. I want players on the Jazz who want to be here and are willing to work hard.

    Give me Millsap, Matthews (I know he's not here but he fits my mold of wanting to be here and working hard) and others like them. I'll be happy with the result

    Best of Luck Deron. I was mistaken in thinking you were different ... I hoped you were more like Stockton than Lebron. My bad.

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 3:53 p.m.

    Smart money move Jazz! If you wait until next year Deron leaves without the Jazz getting anything out of the deal. Pull the triger today to get the most out of a tough situation.

    Assuming Deron stays after next year, New Jersey ended up with a better deal than New York.

    The days of players like Stockton and Malone being committed to one team for the long haul are long gone.

    Go Jazz!!!

  • SJ Mom Draper, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    Since when is it "news" to care about what the media thinks?

  • 3for5spotshooter St George, Utah
    Feb. 23, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    Bad wrist and all...

    WIlliams ALWAYS played hard...

    I liked where the JAzz were with Williams, Jefferson, Milsap and Miles...

    To me the problem was always small market money and a few players who were inconsistent around these guys.

  • 3for5spotshooter St George, Utah
    Feb. 23, 2011 3:21 p.m.

    JAZZ in 8th place in the standings...

    Looks like a franchise in disarray...

    If I were Williams I'd take the $$$ and run too..

  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 2:55 p.m.

    I think the Jazz just sent a couple of messages to all their current and future players. No player is bigger than the franchise and the coach is in charge, no matter how important you think you are to the team. Good job Jazz!

  • CocoNutzz Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 2:25 p.m.

    D-Will will be pimped out by the Russian owner and Jay Z. Dont be surprised to D-Will on alot of comercials here in the future.

    Good Luck D-Will you were my favorite NBA player but I love the Jazz more. Jazz made the right choice for there future

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 2:22 p.m.

    This was ineviatable given DBaby forcing Sloan out....

    He refused to run the plays Coach Sloan called and he cost us the games as a result.....when he got yelled at at half time against Chicago, he folded and cost us that game too......

    Who wants an insubordinate on your team...Dballbaby is a cancer......

    If Greg wants to earn points and prove he is a chip off the old block he better say:

    DWill was a problem for the organization and when we lost the greatest coach the NBA has ever known because of his attitude, we had no choice but to part ways....we are excited to have Favors and Harris and we ask the community to embrace them....

  • Al Bundy murray, ut
    Feb. 23, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    good call utes21 and moodyblue77

    People around the NBA are saying wht a great move this is fir the NETS! It is getting harder to support the Jazz!

  • moodyblue77 Provo, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:59 p.m.

    This was a last-second deal that came only after at least three other New Jersey deals did not happen.

    New Jersey is overwhelmingly excited about their good fortune. Deron will now be able to get to Dallas to replace Jason Kidd. As soon as he opts out.

    Favors was the bust of this year's draft.

    Devin Harris cannot carry a team.

    The Jazz pulled the trigger very quickly, indicating panic in the front office.

    Everybody in Utah has done a great job of making Boozer and Williams out to be villains.

    It will be a very long time before we see a team that makes it to the conference finals--as they did just a couple of years ago.

    The odds are better that the franchise will be sold and moved.

  • Utes21 Salt Lake City, ut
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:37 p.m.

    Still people living in 98, get over it you either support the Jazz or not. We could easily lose our franchise in a couple years. Then you would have nothing to compalin about and the world would be a happier place.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    New Jersey lost out on Labron James and Carmello Anthony. Having been spurned twice are now on the rebound. If you think Williams was unhappy in Utah, imagine how much he is he going to like New Jersey that has a record of 17/40 and just lost two of their best players to the Jazz? I'll bet he won't be signing any long term deal with the 'Nets unless they can bring in a lot more talent in a hurry.

  • MJB Tooele, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:29 p.m.

    What a liar! It was all DWill that got Sloan to leave. I will never have any respect for that type of player. We'll be better off without him. Good riddance!

  • Anonymous Infinity American Fork, UT
    Feb. 23, 2011 12:10 p.m.

    Great to see Williams move on, but yes, it will be interesting to see what will happen to Harris and Favors when they learned they were going to fly over country, no bright lights or nonstop partying with their brothers and sisters. That is the big drawback for players coming to Utah. A BIG BIG BIG PROBLEM going forward. That is why I am constantly saying we are looking at 14 D League teams every year (as in the lottery teams who don't make the playoffs). I am afraid that Utah will be joing that group as we move into the post Sloan era, where the team is now being coached by inexperienced people at the top of the coaching staff, and probably a constantly changing roster which adds to the lack of continuity from year to year. The team lacks a true center and a feisty power forward of the Malone veriety to go against the elite teams. Lack of players to counter the Kobe type guards is also a problem. AK is finished and so is Okur in my estimation. So what we have left is a "nice" team that will be lurking around 8th place. JAZZ.