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Deron Williams says he’d consider extension with Nets

Apr 15, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

Jonny Flynn, Deron Williams AP

New Jersey is in full on sales mode — they have to keep Deron Williams in house. They send out Derrick Favors, they made their bet that if they got D-Will to the team they could keep him and build around him.

That bet may pay off.

Williams can opt out of his current deal after next season, but tells the New York Post he would consider an extension to help the Nets move to Brooklyn.

“I like the organization a lot,’’ said Williams, who will be a free agent after next season, assuming a lockout doesn’t cancel the NBA’s 2011-12 campaign. “I like the direction it’s going. I could definitely see myself staying here.’’

Williams, who will be moving his family to New Jersey, said he’s open to signing a contract extension this offseason.

“I would like to not have the distraction (of looming free agency) during the season,’’ he said.

Keeping Williams is step one and he needs to at least say something like this to allow for step two, recruiting better players. Williams and GM Billy King (and owner Mikhail Prokhorov) wouldn’t be able to get else in if Williams is not locked down, or at least sounding like he’s going to stay.

But the Nets can’t start talking to Williams about an extension until after the lockout is over. Nor can they start recruiting other players before then. So it’s nice to hear, but….

  1. thetooloftools - Apr 15, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Once that Nets team hits Brooklyn, it’s going to set up a new frontier in sports.
    I see the vision, I’m drinking the Kool Aid.
    The Garden will be where people go to see “The Clippers” of New York.
    How do I know?
    Look at the track record.
    Dolan sold the farm to get Melo; but Prokhorov is in position to take this chess match beyond the next level though skilled brilliance.
    The Knicks will get left in the dust.
    Hint: The only thing New Yorkers care about are Championship banners hanging on the rafters.
    (A free tip Mr. Dolan).

  2. rickmirer - Apr 15, 2011 at 10:02 PM


    You need to start your own basketball site, I found your comment more entertaining than the article.

  3. goforthanddie - Apr 16, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    DWill’s a fool if he doesn’t re-sign. Comrade Owner wants people to come to his new arena, and would love nothing more than to bring an NBA title to the Motherland.

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