Even Deron Williams was surprised when Nets general manager Billy King first informed his star player of plans to bring Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to Brooklyn.
“I knew [Billy] was trying to get Paul and I thought that was done” Williams said Thursday. “Then he called me and was like ‘I’m trying to get KG too’ and I told him there was no way you can do it.
“That’s what I said. … I almost hung up on him. There’s no way you can get both of them but he did it.”
The megatrade which also brought Jason Terry to the Nets was one of several big moves King pulled off this summer. By the time he was done revamping the Nets – who will have a payroll of over $100 million this season in addition to nearly $90 million in luxury-tax payments – he had assembled a team Williams said was deeper than any he’s played on including his Jazz squad that made one trip to the Western Conference Finals.
“A lot of the teams in Utah were good but I don’t think they were as deep as this” Williams sai