The New Jersey Nets finally landed a big-name All-Star yesterday in a blockbuster trade that gives them point guard Deron Williams and sends rookie Derrick Favors and point guard Devin Harris to the Utah Jazz.
The Jazz also will receive the Nets’ first-round pick in 2011, which could be a lottery pick, cash, and Golden State’s 2012 first-round draft pick.
“I feel Deron Williams is the best point guard in the NBA,’’ Nets GM Billy King said. “I spoke with Deron and he’s excited about it. He understands where we are and where we want to go. In this league, you win with point guards.’’
The Nets now hope Williams will sign a contract extension with them, which they can offer this summer. If so, he would become the face of their franchise when they move into their new arena in Brooklyn for the 2012-13 season.
The 6-foot-3-inch Williams was selected third overall in the 2005 draft out of Illinois. He is in his sixth season and has career averages of 17.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 9.1 assists.
The deal came two days after the Nets failed to land Carmelo Anthony, who was acquired by the Knicks as part of a blockbuster deal with the Nuggets.
Jazz CEO Greg Miller said he made the move because of a “gut feeling’’ that he wouldn’t be able to sign Williams to a long-term deal after next season.
Hawks land Hinrich The struggling Hawks acquired guard Kirk Hinrich from the Wizards in a five-player trade, upgrading their backcourt for the playoff run. Atlanta also received forward Hilton Armstrong in exchange for guard Mike Bibby, rookie guard Jordan Crawford, swingman Maurice Evans, and a first-round pick in this year’s draft . . . The Warriors sent forward Brandan Wright and center Dan Gadzuric to the Nets for forward/center Troy Murphy and a 2012 second-round pick. Golden State is expected to buy out Murphy’s contract to make him a free agent. Wright’s and Gadzuric’s contracts — worth about $11 million combined this year, close to the same as Murphy’s — also expire at the end of the season and help New Jersey clear salary cap space. Murphy has played only 18 games this season because of injuries . . . The Hornets and Kings have agreed to a trade with Sacramento sending forward Carl Landry to New Orleans in exchange for shooting guard Marcus Thornton and cash considerations.