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Deron Williams turns down extension with Nets, may not be leaving

Dec 1, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT


Deron Williams is going to become a free agent. But that doesn’t mean he will not lead the team into Brooklyn next season — it’s just all about the money.

On the face of it this certainly does sound dire — the agent for Williams has told the Bergen Record that his client will not sign an extension with the Nets and plans to become a free agent.

“Deron will not be signing the extension,” Jeff Schwartz told The Record this afternoon. “Based on the new rules it doesn’t make any sense for him to sign the extension. It has nothing to do with how much he likes New Jersey. Because of the rules, he’s going to play the season out and probably opt out of his deal….”

According to the new rules, Williams can get a two-year extension from the Nets for roughly $39 million that would be tacked on to the two years, $31 million he has remaining on his deal. If Williams opts out after the season, he could get five years, and about $101 million from the Nets or four years and $73 million from another team.

He had to opt out to get the bigger payday. It’s all about the money.

Well, not all. This does put pressure on the Nets to build a team that Williams thinks can compete in the East — there will be no shortage of teams willing to pay him the $73 million if he wants to leave. And considering he will get a fifth year somewhere (barring a catastrophic injury) likely worth at least $15 million, he’s really leaving closer to $13 million (or $2.6 million a season) to go elsewhere. That may be worth it for the chance to win.

But if the Nets find another key piece — Dwight Howard would be ideal — you can bet Williams will re-sign with the Nets. Just as a free agent.

  1. darealrandolph - Dec 1, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    get d12 will sign
    smart move on d-will he pulling a CC Sabathia on da Yankees get a 5 yr deal 100 mil
    im from Brooklyn and as a knicks fan i would love to see d-will and d12 in new york/brooklyn
    cp3,melo,amare vs d-will,d12,(nene or Tyson Chandler)
    New York is back:New York Knicks vs Brooklyn Nets
    Lets go Knicks soon to be champs

  2. stadix093 - Dec 1, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    He will be a Laker with Dwight in no time.

  3. darealrandolph - Dec 1, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    stadix093 your dumb
    deron williams hates the lakers because their the reason why he never got to a finals when he was in Utah
    same for dwight howard he loves la weather but hates the lakers becuase he felt he could have won a championship but the lakers crushed his hearts.
    what superstar join lakers after they lost to them in the playoffs or finals.
    now my knicks will be contenders, heat will be contenders,bulls,thunders,…the lakers are aging no superstar want to play on aging team just ask cp3 when he said he dont wanna play for the celtics cuz their old, dwill and d12 wanna win championship not get stuck on an aging team so what that means dwill and d12 will play with each other in brooklyn because there gunna be young,owner that spend money like mark cuban,new arena or they play for the clippers with blake griffin. either way dwill and d12 will play for the nets or clippers (NY/Brooklyn or LA but not for Lakers)

  4. metalhead65 - Dec 1, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    this is perfect, now people will have to actually live up to it when they say it is not about the money. only a complete idiot would turn down 30 miilion dollars more to play anywhere else unless they really want a championship. and think about it for a minute,will paul really be happy in NY. knowing he will be the lowest paid superstar on the team but the most important one?

    • darealrandolph - Dec 1, 2011 at 7:34 PM

      shut up they will make their money through endorsement that why they choose to team up in big market
      if u were smart players lost of ton of money cuz of cba players went from 57 to 50
      if there will to go from 57 to 50 which means players loose money why wouldn’t cp3 wanna team up wit his friends by taking less money instead of getting more money and destroy his career in New Orleans

  5. darealrandolph - Dec 1, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    i dont get lakers fan or celtics fan they always say we have so much championship which you got to join our team.
    My knicks has been crap and the last time they won i wasnt born but melo,amare and cp3 didnt care about the history they wanna start their own history
    heat only won one title in their franchise but that didnt stop chris bosh , and lebron to join d-wade
    this era we live in what happening now in the nba is super stars wanna join other super star and a big market with cap space which means dwill and d12 will become a nets or clippers cuz heat,knicks,bulls,thunders,.. are not going nowhere lakers,spurs,celtics are old… lakers fans me laugh hahaha clippers may become better than lakes soon

  6. stadix093 - Dec 1, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Daaaaang you don’t gotta call me dumb. Calm down there I am simply implying that maybe he would like to come to the Lakers because they are a proven organization when it comes to acquiring talent and making championship runs. You know unlike the knicks who sign loads of useless talent like they did in the past, or their current plan which is putting pieces together that don’t really make too much sense. Lakers>Knicks check the numbers they don’t lie.

    • darealrandolph - Dec 1, 2011 at 7:45 PM

      all right sorry for calling u dumb stadix093: all im trying to say lakers are good but u lakers fan always think your gunna get everybody cuz of their past history
      cp3 didnt wanna play for the Celtics cuz their old
      if i were a Dwight in wanna play with deron williams not kobe jus sayin

  7. stadix093 - Dec 1, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    I have clippers season tickets, I enjoy basketball of all kinds man, hell I like the Knicks as long as they ain’t playin LA. You need to relax homie you will live longer. Everyone hates LA, everyone chants beat LA but the only team to do it consistently is the Celtics( you evil bastards ) but you know everyone gets a shot in (damn you Mavs) just chill out and let fans be fans. I have dreams of D Will and you have dreams of a championship. Neither may happen but history points to mine happening first and you know it.

    • darealrandolph - Dec 1, 2011 at 7:54 PM

      dwight howard never said he ever wanted to be a lakers
      cp3 did say he want to be a knicks
      who knows maybe he talkin to dwill lets play in brooklyn jus say or lets play for the clippers with blake griffin

  8. theduuuuuuuuuude - Dec 1, 2011 at 7:47 PM


    HAHAHAHA you should be a comedian. Yeah, Dwight doesn’t want to go to L.A. and win championships. The reason the Lakers have a history of winning that the Buss family are great owners and have made smart decisions over the last four decades to make the Lakers into one of the best franchises in all of sports. Meanwhile, the Knicks hire guys like Isiah Thomas as G.M. and bring in stiffs like Eddy Curry. They have some nice pieces now and will be a big threat if the get CP3 but don’t think for a second that players don’t think about a teams legacy before they sign for them.

    Oh, and last time I checked Kobe was still one of the best players in the league (even if he is getting a little old). Dwight Howard would love to play with him.

  9. darealrandolph - Dec 1, 2011 at 7:56 PM

    did u hear dwight say i want to be a lakers
    or la fans are desperate for d12

    • darealrandolph - Dec 1, 2011 at 8:09 PM

      im not gunna lie we new york knicks are desperate for superstar cuz in new york we sucked for years so sorry lakers fan but i jus feel dwight wants to play with wit dwill in brooklyn

  10. darealrandolph - Dec 1, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    is it me or everybody that played on the USA Olympics team got trade or left their old teams to join new teams,and all of them went to big markets or will go to big market #jus sayin

  11. theduuuuuuuuuude - Dec 1, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Howard hasn’t necessarily said that he wants to come to L.A., only that he wants to play in a big market. He also hasn’t said that he hates L.A. like you claimed earlier. What pieces would New Jersey be able to offer other than Brooke Lopez? You’re right about one thing though, LA fans are desperate for Dwight Howard, he’s the best center in the league, who wouldn’t be desperate to add him to their roster? The reason people keep talking about Howard to LA is that the Lakers actually have some pieces that Orlando could use and they have the ability to take on a big contract that Orlando doesn’t want anymore, like Hedo Turkuglu. Dwight Howard is not going to re-sign with the magic when his contract is up, so they would be dumb not to try to get some kind of value for him this season. And as far as Howard ending up with the Clippers instead of the Lakers…. Donald Sterling is the worst owner in all of sports and doesn’t give a damn about winning. He would never give up what it would take to bring Howard to the Clips.

    • darealrandolph - Dec 1, 2011 at 9:07 PM

      byunm is crap 7 feet and gets injured and doesent put up numbers like d12
      brook is crap but he doesnt get hurt and put up numbers jus need to learn how to rebound

      magic have to make hard decision
      injury prone center or big man that cant rebound

  12. reupjosh - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    @darealrandolph… Easy now buddy. I’m a Knicks fan, but playa, you’re dreaming if you DON’T think Dwight wants to be a Laker. Players do want to play for teams that have a legacy. Much like the NY Yankees. Good ownership goes a looooong way.

    And please, spell check and use some punctuation.

  13. acharlot5 - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Dwight stays in orlando chris paul or dwill joins him nxt yr.. write it down

    • savvybynature - Dec 1, 2011 at 11:44 PM

      You already did, and don’t tell me what to do.

  14. darealrandolph - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    Dwight either plays with deron williams and anthony marrow and soon to be Brooklyn Nets
    or Kobe and aging roster :lakers
    personally i think nets gm will get d12 even if d12 tells ill come to nets (doesnt tell nets gm billy king I’m leaving) he tells Billy king i’m keeping my option open so there a possibility that me and dwill can leave if u dont build a contender (dwight:sell me why i should be a brooklyn nets over LA)



  15. darealrandolph - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    dwight to brooklyn nets

  16. darealrandolph - Dec 2, 2011 at 12:58 AM

    not likely in my opinon d12 on lakers

  17. darealrandolph - Dec 2, 2011 at 1:09 AM

    in my opinon
    nets gm billy king takes a chance on two superstar that might leave to go somewhere else or stays
    he will be a genius if convince both howard and williams to stay or he will have egg on his face wen he finds out d12 and d-will not signing with da nets
    i think d12 will play with d-will during 11-12 season but after the season they could be gone or stay with the nets organization

    go knicks soon to be champs

  18. darealrandolph - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:57 AM

    in my opinon
    nets gm billy king takes a chance on two superstar that might leave to go somewhere else or stays.
    dwill and d12 will be on the nets b4 the season trust me.
    nets will sign nene as free agent,maybe sign bradon roy and glen ‘baby’davis
    they will trade nene to hawks for josh smith(d12 friend)
    after trade deadline nets will have d-will,d12 ,josh smith on their roster

    nets roster
    1.d12(it possible he might leave)
    2. josh smith(trade for nene)
    3.hedo turkgolu
    4.Anthony marrow
    5. deron williams(it possible he might leave)

    bench :glen davis,brandon roy and a bunch of scrubs

  19. loungefly74 - Dec 2, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    to rule out LA not getting D12 is foolish. History does not lie. Superstars, somehow…someway, migrate to LALA someone stated earlier, A LOT of players want to play in LA not just because of weather but because of legacy/history. They know that the LA franchise goes all out to win championships. Going to the finals 3 of the past 4 years is proof.

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