Deron Williams doesn't mind coming off bench for Nets
In the franchise's short Brooklyn tenure, Deron Williams' name has always been among those uttered when public-address announcer David Diamante bellows the Nets' starting lineup.
Not Tuesday night, though.
For the second straight game, Williams played more of a reserve role and came off the bench in the Nets' matchup with the Magic, checking in to a nice ovation in the first quarter. It was Williams' idea to come off the bench in Monday's return from a five-game absence following platelet-rich plasma therapy, all so he didn't disrupt the team chemistry.
Nets coach Jason Kidd wouldn't divulge how long he planned on keeping Williams out of the starting unit. But Kidd gave Williams credit for putting his ego aside.
"That's just his character, that's his makeup," Kidd said.
"He's just a guy that is unselfish and didn't want to mess with the starting group, the rhythm that they had. [He] wanted to get in the game, try to get his legs back under him -- his basketball legs, that is -- and get going.
"I thought he was very positive with the idea he came up with, and also the way he played . I thought he played great."
Trades are official
Marquis Teague is officially a member of the Nets.
The Nets announced the acquisition of Teague from the Bulls for Tornike Shengelia, that coming just minutes after they officially traded Tyshawn Taylor to the New Orleans Pelicans for the rights to Edin Bavcic, a Bosnia native who was drafted by the Raptors in the second round in 2006.
Teague was selected by Chicago with the 29th pick in 2012, but never panned out, and the Nets are banking on him learning the game under Kidd's tutelage.
"Hopefully, being a point guard, I can help him and he has some other guys here who can help him in Shaun [Livingston] and D-Will," Kidd said. "So I am looking forward to working with him and for him to grow. But he's 20 [years old], so he has some time."