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Deron Williams says signing extension with Nets depends on next year

Feb 24, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

Deron Williams, Avery Johnson, Billy King AP

Deron Williams wants everyone to know he’s not angry about being traded to the Nets. In fact, the idea of being a franchise cornerstone is kind of growing on him.

That doesn’t mean he’s signing an extension and staying, either. Mikhail Prokhorov, Billy King — you guys are on the clock. Build now. Improve this team fast.

At his first press conference since being traded to the Nets (for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors and two first round picks), Williams was honest saying that he was stunned when he first was told the Jazz had traded him to the Nets.

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was nervous about going to a team that was 17-40,” Williams said.

But after talking with GM Billy King and others around the organization, he said he became excited. He said he gets what they are trying to do, what they are trying to build and said he was here to help out with that.

But the team is essentially getting a tryout. He is giving the franchise a year before deciding whether to sign an extension with them or become a free agent, he said.

“It all depends on how the next year goes, the collective bargaining agreement, the kind of moves we make and who is brought in,” Williams said

The CBA could play as big a role as anything — will there be a franchise tag? Will there be incentives for players who sign with the club that had their last contract (as is the case in the current deal, the “home” team can offer larger raises and more years).

But Williams is one of the ultra competitive guys in the NBA. Getting paid matters, but winning matters more. The Nets have to make moves in the next year that show Williams just how serious they are about building a contender around him.

So the Nets have their cornerstone, but they have to start building around it fast.

  1. digitalpoo - Feb 24, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    They should start by changing that crappy logo. Though the Jazz mountains weren’t great for Deon either – he’s probably used to it.

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Feb 24, 2011 at 6:03 PM

      who is Deon, no wonder he left town, YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW THE KIDS NAME……… actually he found out HE WAS TRADED on ESPN…. NOW THAT IS CLASS

      • digitalpoo - Feb 24, 2011 at 7:14 PM

        I was wondering why you were freaking out over a typo, but then I noticed your excessive use of caps and figured you must have tourettes.

  2. heyooooh - Feb 24, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    If the NBA really wanted to prevent these defections of star players from smaller market teams, they could consider a rule that significantly reduces the max amount a player can sign for if he is traded from the team that drafted him while in the last year of his contract. That would still allow trades, but there is a financial incentive to remain with your current team.

    Also, to ensure that teams have an incentive to put the best team on the court, the max length on contracts should be 3 years. This way, if a great player is stuck on a bad team (or crappy organization), they don’t have to wait too long to bail.

  3. zblott - Feb 24, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Has it occurred to anyone yet how severely screwed the Nets could end up in this whole deal? If there’s a long lockout, NJ essentially traded a bunch of future pieces they have locked in place (including high draft picks) for a guy who could leave after only two months of playing time.

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Feb 24, 2011 at 6:07 PM

      He would look nice in a New York uniform………….hmmmmmmmmmmmm

  4. rapmusicmademedoit - Feb 24, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    Deron, You so crazy, I told you come to New York and play ball with me and Melo, oops and
    Billups too, how the heck you end up in Jersey kid.At least you back in the United States
    anyway, don’t sign anything we will pick you up soon…..

    Yo,,,, they turned the lights back on in the Garden last night

  5. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Feb 24, 2011 at 7:02 PM

    I’ve been to a couple of Nets games, and even when they were good that place was empty. He is going to bolt like a mother after his contract is up.

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