Tuesday , Jul , 22 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Cheap Insurance: why Golden State acquired Marcus Williams from New Jersey

One point guard is in. Another is out. A day after acquiring reserve table-setter Kenyon Dooling through a sign-and-trade, New Jersey sent former blue-chip prospect Marcus Williams to Golden State for a future first round draft pick in 2011 …

Cheap Insurance: why Golden State acquired Marcus Williams from New JerseyOne point guard is in. Another is out. A day after acquiring reserve table-setter Kenyon Dooling through a sign-and-trade, New Jersey sent former blue-chip prospect Marcus Williams to Golden State for a future first round draft pick in 2011.

Why New Jersey made this move:

Three years ago, the Nets drafted Williams to serve as Jason Kidd’s understudy and eventual replacement. The left-hander had some nice moments, but mostly struggled with conditioning.

In February, he became expendable when Kidd was dealt to Dallas for up-and-coming star Devin Harris. The speedy Harris wasn’t leaving the swamps of Jersey with his five-year, 42 million dollar contract extension beginning in October of 2008.

So Williams was expendable. And the Nets got a pick for a disposable, underachieving player.

Why Golden State made this move:

Is New Jersey’s junk Golden State’s treasure? Nobody knows if Williams will ever develop because his first two seasons were so inconsistent.

Here is what we know: Baron Davis has left and restricted free agent Monta Ellis remains unsigned. The Warriors needed a point guard and Williams’ potential is cheap insurance.

Did the Nets give up too soon on Williams? How will he fare with the Warriors? Get at us in the comment box below and come back to HoopsVibe The Blog for more NBA tidbits. Photo courtesy of your pal Matt.