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Deron Williams to be willing recruiter for Nets

Mar 1, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

Deron Williams, "Jay-Z" Sean Corey Carter , Beyonce Knowles AP

Deron Williams, welcome to the front line of the recruiting wars.

If you’re going to win in the NBA, you need a few stars together in one place — and that means you’re going to have to sell. You’re going to have to recruit like Gene Chizik. Especially if you are not Boston/Los Angeles/New York/Miami. If you want the big talents to come to a place like, say, Newark, you are going to have to be a good pitch man.

Williams told the New York Post he gets that, and he’s in.

“I want to win,” Williams said before making his home debut in the Nets’ 104-103 overtime loss to the Suns last night. “In order to do that, you see the trend now: two, three, sometimes four stars in every city…”

“We have the market to do that right now,” Williams said, “and I think it’s going to improve with the move to Brooklyn to attract some of the bigger name guys and it’s on not only management, but me, to try to get some people here.”

Williams, Jay-Z and Russian billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov make a pretty formidable recruiting team. They have one star — and one that will set up everyone else who comes to get some easy buckets. They have an owner willing to spend (as the cap allows, anyway). They have a couple nice pieces. They have Brooklyn.

It’s still going to be a tough sell. This team has still struggled the last few seasons and players need to be convinced that is changing, because they don’t see it in the standings.

One other little detail — Williams has not signed an extension with the Nets yet. He can walk in the summer of 2012. I get him wanting to work at this while keeping his options open, but if I’m a star player being recruited by Williams my first question is, “if it is so great why haven’t you signed an extension?”

But at least he’s ready to work at it. You can see the potential with the Nets. But there is a long way to go.

  1. chargerdillon - Mar 1, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    That way the Nets fans will be a lot less pissed off when he leaves in another year anyways

  2. loungefly74 - Mar 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    agree. d.will needs to sign a long term contract to show his commitment to the nets…hence making him a better pitch-man.

  3. mickdamill - Mar 1, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Nets need to make a move to make him want to stay with them. They aren’t missing much to give them a great starting lineup. With him and Lopez on the court this maybe an enticing place for a great swingman to call home. I say sign more talent to make Williams want to call this place home.

    • eazye76 - Mar 1, 2011 at 4:46 PM

      Agreed, but it’s easier said than done. There is a delicate balance between adding talent and making a desperate move to keep your superstar(see Antawn Jamison).

      • mickdamill - Mar 1, 2011 at 4:52 PM

        Antawn Jamison is not a superstar, Deron Williams is.

  4. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Mar 1, 2011 at 6:30 PM

    Y U No sign extension Deron?

    0-3 and counting………………

  5. tedred - Mar 1, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    Wow — what a totally uninformed comment at the end of the article Kurt. You do know that even if he wanted to, Deron cant sign an extension until July of 2011…right?

    He will be the face of brooklyn, and he will stay.

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 2, 2011 at 2:30 AM

      Tedred, D-Will said he wasn’t going to sign for a while until he saw how things shake out with NJ. So, I’ll stand by the comment.

  6. cstanley028 - Mar 1, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Maybe because Deron and the Nets can’t legally talk about an Extentsion UNTIL JULY.
    So no matter what happens the rest of the year, they can’t mention anything about an Extension UNTIL JULY

  7. tubal22 - Mar 1, 2011 at 11:08 PM

    He’s gonna have to do a lot more than Gene Chizik. Chizik only had to give $180,000 to Cam Newton. Dwight is gonna want more than that.

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