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Sloan, reached Wednesday morning at his second home in Illinois, was aware of the trade but didn’t want to say much.

“I have no reaction to what the Jazz are doing,” Sloan said. “Good luck to Deron.”

Miller insisted Sloan’s retirement and Williams‘ trade were not connected, and reiterated that the Jazz have always been about structure, order, discipline and respect.

“One of the things that will always be the case as long as our family has anything to say about it is we will support our coach first and players second,” he said.

That doesn’t mean new Jazz coach Ty Corbin isn’t in a tough spot.

Just two weeks ago he was second assistant to Sloan, who saw longtime assistant Phil Johnson follow him into retirement on Feb. 10. Now, Corbin is 0-3 as head coach and has lost his All-Star guard and team leader.

“First I receive the job, then the injuries and now the trade,” said Corgin, who learned of the deal as he left for a shootaround in Dallas, where the Jazz faced the Mavericks on Wednesday night. “If you’re not ready for this, you’re not ready for the business.”

Al Jefferson, who was acquired in a trade with Minnesota last summer, said he hadn’t gotten over Sloan leaving and now has to deal with a new leader at the point.

“When they hit me with this, it was like, ‘Wow.’ I was surprised, but it’s a business,” he said. “I got to play for a legend and play with a great point guard. I got another great point guard coming here. We still have a chance to make the playoffs and make a run.”

Williams was expected to be one of the headliners of the 2012 free-agent class, along with 2008 Olympic teammates Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.

New Jersey has been desperate to make its first score under new owner Mikhail Prokhorov. The Nets talked with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh last summer, then turned their attention to Anthony, before bouncing back and finally landing Williams.

“Utah traded DWill??” Paul wrote on his Twitter page, adding hashtags with “EpicFail” and “notagoodlook.”

Williams joins an exodus of players heading to the East, following Amare Stoudemire’s move from Phoenix to New York and Anthony’s deal to the Knicks. The Jazz are only a half-game ahead of Memphis for the final playoff spot in the West.

“Very rarely are you able to trade for someone who is arguably the best at his position,” Nets coach Avery Johnson said. “We had to give up a lot, but when you get a chance to get him, you go for it. It wasn’t a planned trade. This wasn’t a plan B. He’s a plan A guy.

“We eventually had to do something like this to get a player of this skill level,” Johnson said. “We felt we needed to get someone who was going to give us a little swagger. He’s someone we will have for the long run. Sometimes, you have to try things to get better.”

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