Teams are scrambling to make moves to beat the March 15 trade deadline. GMs are on the phone longer and harder than Jerry Maguire trying to keep Rod Tidwell as a client. Guys around the league have this date marked in their calendars, wary about if they’ve got to pack their bags and families to relocate somewhere else.
Nowadays, there are a plethora of media outlets that cover 24-hour trade rumors, seven days a week. More than likely, cats will wind up finding out they were dealt via text, tweet, Facebook status update, or hashtag first instead of receiving the news by a simple, courteous phone call from their former squad. Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu sure as hell didn’t get a call from Donald Sterling the day they were shipped out to N’awlins as quick and reckless as Hurricane Katrina hit that city.
Nevertheless, getting traded could be a blessing in disguise for a lot of guys. The grass sometimes is greener elsewhere, particularly when you least expect or ask for it. Wale was shunned from Jigga Man’s Roc Nation to then sign under Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group, like the Lakers trading Lamar Odom for a trade exception. That Wale move has turned out good enough to make him the 10th hottest MC in the game.
Similarly, a change of scenery can bring out the best in a player’s talent through providing the minutes, responsibility and overall opportunity necessary to channel it all. These next five cats should welcome and embrace a change in scenery in the coming days/year (if it ever happened), which will allow them to showcase their skills in a new environment. It isn’t that these guys can’t hoop, it is just time to move on.
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5. DERON WILLIAMS (New Jersey Nets, Point Guard, Seven-Year Pro)
Can Hov trade for Dwight Howard and move the Nets to Brooklyn already?
Deron Williams dropped a career and NBA season-high of 57 the other night, and it went largely unseen. It’s an utter shame the rest of the nation couldn’t watch such a performance live unless you’ve got League Pass. D-Will’s game is too smooth and flawless. The regular season will be over before we know it, and it’ll be a travesty that we won’t see him in a meaningful basketball game until the London Olympics. With the lack of national coverage he’s had throughout his career, the only hoop expert that continually places him as the top PG in the NBA is Tim Legler. Is it really too much to ask for Williams to be part of a contending team right now as these playoffs are prepared to be one for the ages?
I suppose and only hope that the season-and-a-half he’s about to spend in New Jersey will be a mere footnote once he’s the catalyst of the Brooklyn Nets in the fall. Williams doesn’t need a change of scenery as much as he needs Marty McFlys’ DeLorean to speed up time. Still, the idea of him moving back to a Western Conference squad like the Lakers, Mavericks or Trail Blazers before the postseason starts would be too riveting to not dream for it. In a perfect basketball world, D-Will would be donnin’ the Lakers’ purple and gold to go at CP3 (13-4 career record versus him) and Lob City in the conference finals to claim the City of Angels and the best point guard title. His playoff career averages of 21.1 points, 9.6 dimes, 46 percent from the field, and 40 percent from downtown simply demand more performances of this caliber to be showcased when the competition and stakes are at its highest.
Otherwise, we’ll have to wait until Jay-Z can bring a “New Day” to Brooklyn with D12 to join D-Will, so we can witness the basketball version of Watch the Throne.