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If he stays, Williams could be Kidd 2.0

In 2001, the Nets' acquisition of another star PG changed the franchise's fortunes

Updated: February 25, 2011, 7:48 AM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Superstar point guard Jason Kidd single-handedly turned around the New Jersey Nets' franchise after being acquired a decade ago.

Now, the Nets are banking on Deron Williams to have a similar impact -- if they can keep him.

The Nets made one of their biggest trades in franchise history on Wednesday morning, sending Devin Harris, Derrick Favors and two first-round draft picks to the Jazz in exchange for Williams, a two-time All-Star who is averaging career ...

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