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Three-team trade becomes official, Terrence Williams is a Rocket

Dec 15, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

Terrence Williams

The big three-team trade that came up last night is now official. Which means the Nets will soon call Denver about Carmelo Anthony… who are we kidding, that call happened already.

The deal breaks down like this: The Nets ship out Terrence Williams — once they get him out of Avery Johnson’s doghouse and tell him the news — plus some minor stuff and in return get the Lakers first round pick this season (late in the first round somewhere), the Rockets first round pick next season and Sasha Vujacic plus his expiring contract.

Those are all things that could sweeten future trade deals for New Jersey. And by future trade deals we mean things Denver might want for Anthony.

The Rockets ship out a first-round pick and some other minor junk and get Terrence Williams. It’s a fresh start for the talented wing who had worn out his welcome in New Jersey. A new home and a new attitude after a stint in the D-League (where ball boys were giving him crap) gives Williams a chance to prove he belongs.

The Lakers ship out Vujacic plus their pick and will save about $9 million. Which is what they really wanted. But technically they also get veteran big Joe Smith (who is basically an insurance policy against another injury), Golden State’s second round pick in 2011, Chicago’s second round pick in 2012 and the rights to Ukraine’s Sergei Lishouk (who is currently playing in Spain).

  1. downtowndanny - Dec 16, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    this is a good trade. sasha’s “machine” hasn’t been operational for some time now, plus he has a mega tennis babe at home to cushion his fall, so no pity from me….
    Terence gets to actually learn something from coach Adelman, but he probably wont, because Avery is a pretty good coach and this bonehead still blew it.
    NJ is starting to look like those guys across the river, hopefully they will be able to get their man and not look foolish like the Knicks did not getting LBJ, although it looks like thats working out.
    Mitch Kupchak, what were you thinking bringing in old ass Theo Ratliff, bringing in Joe Smith is a step above, but really?

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