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Why Jazz got rid of Williams


09:24 AM ET 03.06 | What tipped off Utah general manager Kevin O'Connor was Deron Williams's lack of commitment the past few years. Williams nearly the flooded the Great Salt Lake with "we'll sees" and "not sures," giving O'Connor an insecure feeling. Williams was unhappy with the direction of the Jazz, sought more influence on roster decisions, and was convinced the system and philosophy were antiquated. O'Connor took the latter option, dealing Williams to New Jersey in such secretive fashion that Williams himself found out about the deal on "SportsCenter." The Jazz were proactive, refusing to allow Williams to hold the organization hostage for the next year while he toyed with their emotions and not-so-inconspicuously criticized the team and management.

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March 6, 2011  09:39 AM ET

trying to like LBJ?

March 6, 2011  09:40 AM ET

trying to be like LBJ?

March 6, 2011  09:45 AM ET

Ty corbin should have turned down this job. Utah will never attract a superstar, unless they luck up and get the first pick in the draft. It's sad but brothers just dont like living in Utah, although for the money these guys make, hell i'd live in Afghanistan, Utah or on the moon:-)

March 6, 2011  09:55 AM ET

I really, really like DWill. I also like what the Jazz received.
Favors is young, give him a few years and he will produce.

March 6, 2011  10:04 AM ET

Utah was the Winner in the Trade .... Harris & Favors plus NJ pick right with 20 games to go for NJ it is the #6 pick, and to early to tell only 1 win out of 8th seed in the West if UTAH will keep its Pick also ... Make the Playoffs Pick goes to MINNY ... Lottery stays with UTAH .... and then GSW 2012 pick only top 7 protected

March 6, 2011  10:25 AM ET

I really, really like DWill. I also like what the Jazz received.Favors is young, give him a few years and he will produce.

Right ... Favors mind-set with the MELO rumors from training camp, to the trade / all season long in NJ ...

plus like I said, UTAH with the NETS pick, look for them get a replace sF for AK-47 and add if UTAH keep it pick a sG/pG

March 6, 2011  10:26 AM ET

I guess ever since THE DECISION, GMs are spooked at the idea of their franchise star up & leaving them with nothing but years of rebuilding & an empty stadium.
Utah, weren't convinced D Will would stay & got some value for him.

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March 6, 2011  10:41 AM ET

It's about time they stand up to these prima donnas. Do players really know how to put together a team that will jell? Look at Miami, the asylum tried and they are failing.

March 6, 2011  10:51 AM ET

It's about time they stand up to these prima donnas. Do players really know how to put together a team that will jell? Look at Miami, the asylum tried and they are failing.

True - as the saying goes "a champion TEAM, will always beat a team full of champions"

March 6, 2011  11:01 AM ET

The Jazz can't get a ring. They couldn't get it done w/ Stockton and Malone, no way it'll happen w/ Harris and Favors. Utah will be a playoff contender, not a champion caliber team like the Fakers or Spurs.

March 6, 2011  11:05 AM ET

In all fairness to Utah, Stockton & Malone never got rings because of the dominance of Jordan, Pippen, Phil Jackson & the Bulls.
As well as olajuwan & Drexler for a couple of years.
That Utah side would do ok in this present league. Still not saying they would earn rings. However, Jordan & Co denied a lot of good teams & HoF players rings through that period.

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March 6, 2011  11:21 AM ET

GMs across the country are asking themselves 'What should I do?'.

Wait for the new CBA, when the GMs will have more control financially & otherwise. Be interesting....

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March 6, 2011  11:40 AM ET

Hopefully you are right. Hopefully the owners won't cave in and come up with a failed system like they have now.

I don't think the owners can afford to have another fail system. I think back ended, bloated contracts for players like Rashard, Arenas, Rip & co have crippled GMs & their franchises.

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March 6, 2011  11:53 AM ET

As a virgin head coach, you can't turn a job down as you might never get another shot.Utah is a stable franchise and a good HC jobAs for williams, I would've kept hom and tried to rebuild around him. They had decent pieces and some expiring deals. Trading a franchise caliber player before you HAVE to is not smart, imo

its smart if you look at it down the road........because they were about to be in the same situation as denver , and everyone was saying they got to trade him, blah blah blah....

March 6, 2011  11:55 AM ET

I think in Utah's case it was smart. Keep in mind that Sloan's leaving was blamed on D-Will in spite of people saying it wasn't. Fans were turned off on D-Will after that so the smart move was to get him out of there and get the best deal possible.

Also I think with D Will being one of the Big 3 Players of the 2012 FA class Utah felt that the odds of him staying were slim to none.
Totally agree, no one likes giving up a franchise star. Then again no one wants to be left like Cleveland.
Utah took control of the situation & got something NOW, rather than nothing later.


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