The Utah Jazz may be regretting the Deron Williams departure. In 2010, the Jazz traded away their star point guard to the Brooklyn Nets, who were the New Jersey Nets at the time. He was traded due to the fact that there were rumblings that Williams was thinking about leaving the Jazz. So, the organization decided to get ahead of the situation and trade him away.
The Jazz got power forward Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two first round draft picks to go along with cash considerations. Harris is no longer with the team, but the Jazz like what they see from Favors. At the end of the day, the deal left something to be desired especially with a glaring problem at the point guard position as Mo Williams is likely to depart from the Jazz.
At the time, I thought it was a solid move that took guts from the Jazz. The trade was during a phase where the small market teams were somewhat walking on egg shells with some of their star players as LeBron James and Chris Bosh took their talents to south beach when they originated from small market teams themselves.
It is really a tough spot because if you are a team that is on the level of the Jazz from a marketability stand point, you can either get ahead of the curve and trade away the star player, or you can go the Orlando Magic route and hope for a player like Dwight Howard to change his mind, but leave yourself at the risk of losing all leverage with trade partners as Howard was not decisive enough with where he wanted to go.
Hindsight is always 20/20. But if you are the Jazz organization, you are probably feeling that the team was a better threat before the Williams trade than you are now. It certainly doesn’t help that this year’s draft is as weak as it has ever been in recent years.
Right now, the strategy of the team all depends on how they feel. If the team is feeling like they should be a contender by now, then the deal was probably the wrong one. But if the Jazz are looking at their situation and saying they are willing to accept a re-building mode and want to start from scratch, which is the most likely route at this point, then they are alright.