Deron Williams do-over? Jody Genessy weighs in on ESPN 700 sports radio

dnews 0115jazz.sptWould you take the Deron Williams trade back if you could? That’s what the crew at ESPN 700 sports radio asked Jazz beat writer Jody Genessy earlier this week.

Here’s what he had to say (full interview audio can be found here):

Just over two years have passed since the Jazz traded Deron Williams to the then-New Jersey Nets, getting Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and two first-round picks in return.

Harris is longer on the team after being traded to Atlanta last summer for swingman Marvin Williams. Favors is still with the Jazz, having played a reserve role behind Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap in the frontcourt.

Meanwhile the value of the draft picks is mostly established at this point. The first ended up being Enes Kanter, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

The second pick, originally Golden State’s, arrives this summer and is slated to be the 21st pick in the first round (as Utah’s luck would have it, the Warriors became a playoff team this season).

As it stands today then, the Jazz’s remaining assets from trading Deron Williams are Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, Marvin Williams and the 21st pick in this summer’s draft.

We put the question to you: two years later, would you do it differently?

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  1. Clint

    I am glad he is gone simply because he is the reason we lost our hall of fame coach, Jerry Sloan. Sloan epitomized Utah and because of Deron Williams we lost a legend. Any player in the NBA I would rather have then Williams.

  2. Dcon

    you cannot really judge this trade until Kanter and Favors get minutes and starts….I personally think they’ll be the cornerstone at 4 and 5 for the franchise for years to come (if the jazz can keep them). As for the 21st pick this year, unless they get lucky, that is a crap pick. GS’s tanking job last year and the bad luck on the coin toss screwed the jazz. They should have gotten Barnes, Drummond, Ross or Marsahll…or better yet had the opprotunity to trade up with the Kings for Lillard.

    I think next year will be a good barometer on whether the trade was a successful one or not…however lets be honest the Nets haven’t been any good with D-will anyhow while the jazz have been solid.

  3. Bano

    I would never do this trade again. We traded a superstar and what did we get in return? A bunch of players that Corbin won’t play.

  4. rob

    What I would take back is DWill, JSloan willing to work together (if not see eye to eye). I’m not saying we were champ caliber, but it would have been interesting to see the team evolve w/ Big Al, Milsap etc over the last couple years. 2nd round of playoffs sounds pretty good these days…