Trading Deron Williams could save the Brooklyn Nets.

To be sure, that doesn't include imminent title hopes. Those died long ago, when it first became clear Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Kidd and Williams weren't the championship composite Brooklyn hoped they would be. One season-ending injury to BroLo and strings of losses later, and it's become clear the Nets' initial vision is beyond repair.

But their future, now dark and dim, can be rescued from the throes of financial perdition and draft-pick famine. Their future can be an actual future, not some prospective wasteland.

All it's going to take is admitting present defeat. Then, and only then, can the Nets transform a feckless outlook into forthcoming purpose.