Why Utah Jazz Traded Deron Williams

Deron Williams

Deron Williams

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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