NBA Trade Deadline 2011: How the Utah Jazz Saved the NBA

February 26th, 2011 by Matthew Steed Leave a reply »
It tends to hurt a little, but sometimes it is better to rip the band-aid off quickly, than to simply wait and let it fall off on its own. Just ask the Cleveland Cavaliers how much coaxing and extra "stick-em" helped them in keeping their band-aid attached.

The way today's NBA stars are treated like royalty and cities, even states, are begging for their services, can you really blame the likes of Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James for dragging out the process? I mean, in the end aren't they still human with a fundamental need to feel loved? Well on February 24th, 2011, the Utah Jazz may have changed all of that, modifying the way NBA teams handle their love-sick "stars". 

The Jazz shocked the world on Thursday morning when they announced they had traded their franchise centerpiece, All-Star PG Deron Williams, to the New Jersey Nets for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, and two 1st-round picks (likely to be lottery picks in 2011 and 2012).

This went against all logic for NBA front-offices. Trading away a legitimate star and franchise player for a good PG and a PF with potential is not commonplace in a league where one great player can make a h ...

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