Nets Tack on Wallace… Enough for Williams?

15 03 2012

The Portland Trail Blazers have made an agreement to send swingman Gerald Wallace to the New Jersey Nets for Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and a 2012 draft pick protected through No. 3, sources tell YahooSports Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wallace has now been dealt on the last day of the NBA trade deadline two seasons in a row; last year he went from the Bobcats to the Blazers.

This move is obviously an attempt by the Nets to convince Deron Williams to sign an extension with the organization as they move out of town next year.

Even though it might end up working, it can’t be forgotten that the Cleveland Cavaliers did the exact same thing with LeBron James when the organization brought in Antawn Jamison to try and convince the King to stay in his hometown. Most of America knows how that worked out for the Cavaliers. Deron Williams could still decide to travel back home to Dallas and leave Crash to play with Brook Lopez in Brooklyn.

The Nets received a solid player in Gerald Wallace but they consequently gave up a major asset. This next year’s NBA Draft is one of the deepest the league has seen in six or seven years. Giving up this very high draft pick is a costly move for the Nets, and the Blazers will happily be drafting high come this summer.

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25 05 2012
Easy as 1, 2, 3 « jay's jems

[…] before the NBA trade deadline this year, the Portland Trail Blazers sent swingman Gerald Wallace to the New Jersey (soon-to-be-Brooklyn) Nets for some insignificant […]

17 03 2012
In Case You Missed It… « jay's jems

[…] upcoming offseason and become an unrestricted free agent. Even with the Nets most recent “win now” move, all signs are pointing to a new team for D-Will. Unless the Nets make the playoffs and […]

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