NJ’s T. Williams traded to Houston in 3-team deal
New Jersey has sent swingman Terrence Williams to Houston in a
three-team trade that gives the Nets two more first-round draft
picks for potential use in a Carmelo Anthony deal.
The Nets got the Rockets’ first-round draft pick in 2012, the
Los Angeles Lakers’ first-round pick in 2011 and shooting guard
Sasha Vujacic from the Lakers.
The Lakers get veteran forward Joe Smith in the trade.
”This trade benefits our team in both the short and long
term,” Nets general manager Billy King said Wednesday in
announcing the trade. ”Sasha is a veteran NBA player who will add
depth to our backcourt rotation, while the addition of the two
future No. 1 picks adds to our assets as we look to rebuild into a
In a second trade announced Wednesday, the Rockets sent guard
Jermaine Taylor and cash considerations to the Sacramento Kings for
a conditional second-round pick in the 2011 draft.
The Nets have five first-round picks through 2012. They own
their own in 2011 and ’12, got two more in the trade and have a
2011 pick from Golden State acquired in a trade for Marcus
Williams. The Williams’ pick is lottery protected.
The Nets are interested in acquiring Anthony and were close to a
deal in the preseason. The first-round picks and the Nuggets’
interest in rookie power forward Derrick Favors might be their
Williams, who was inactive for the Nets’ 82-77 loss to
Philadelphia on Tuesday, is averaging 6.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and
3.1 assists in a turbulent season that saw him fined for showing up
late for practices and later sent to the franchise’s D-League team
Rockets coach Rick Adelman said he’s ”not going to rush into
anything” and force Williams into Houston’s rotation without first
seeing him in practice.
”He can break people down, he can pass the ball, so it’s just a
matter of where he fits with the group we have,” Adelman said.
”Unfortunately, we have a lot of games in a short time before
Christmas. But we’ll see. It will work itself out.”
Vujacic has career averages of 4.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in
seven seasons. Once a valuable reserve for the Lakers, his playing
time has been limited this season.
Currently in his 16th NBA season, Smith signed with the Nets as
a free agent on Sept. 10. He played 25 minutes in four games with
AP Sports Writer Kristie Rieken in Houston contributed to this