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Deron Williams says 90 percent chance he stays with Nets

Dec 5, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

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Deron Williams name gets thrown in with Chris Paul and Dwight Howard a lot.

And he is in the same situation — he is an elite player who can opt out at the end of this season and become a free agent. But when the Jazz traded him to New Jersey last year Williams’ situation changed, he became the recruiter trying to draw talent not the guy being recruited.

And he didn’t sound like a guy eager to move on in an interview with WFAN Monday. He sounded like a guy who likes the organization. John Schuhmann of NBA.com tweeted the key responses from Williams in the interview.

“My plan is to stay. Hopefully we can get some good talent to where I can stay.”

D-Will says he talks to Dwight often & says that’s the one guy he’d love to play with, but doesn’t know what Dwight’s going to do.

Williams is asked what’s the % chance he stays with the Nets: “I’d probably say like 90 percent.”

Williams is going to play out this season with the Nets then become a free agent because that is his path to the biggest, longest payday. But if the Nets — who have cap space and some young pieces — can bring in one more star Williams will stay. He might stay anyway, not many teams can offer max deals to him next summer anyway.

Maybe we put Williams in a different category than Howard and Paul. He seems far more committed to a team (one with a realistic chance to build).

  1. darealrandolph - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    d-will get d12 to brooklyn
    and tell cp3 to join the knicks

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:28 PM

      do you know how to say anything else?

      • darealrandolph - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:40 PM

        shut up bro deron williams want d12 in brooklyn
        and cp3 wants to play with melo and amare its not a secret
        melo told reporters during the lockout he want cp3 in new york and as a knicks fan i want that to happen to
        d-will went on a radio show saying he want d12 to come play with him and also said d12 would sign an extension if he was traded to the nets .

      • darealrandolph - Dec 5, 2011 at 3:53 PM

        Stefan Bondy: Asked if Howard would sign extension if traded to Nets, Deron said, “I’m sure he would.”

  2. darealrandolph - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    trade d12 to the nets cuz it will allow the magic organization to rebuild quicker. cp3 want to be on my knicks bad. If the magic allow d12 to join the lakers that means every big man they draft will eventually join the lakers organization one day.trade d12 to nets cuz they will give u draft picks,take hedo bad contract off ur books plus u get a young talent in brook lopez instead of injury prone center andrew bynum which is also a restricted free agent in 2012 and probably want to leave the magic if they dont give him max dollars

    • kmdm1122 - Dec 5, 2011 at 11:38 PM

      I would try to use Lopez and draft picks to get Josh Smith from the Hawks then sign Howard in Free Agency. Howard listed Josh Smith and D-Will as players he would like to play with

  3. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    I heard the interview live and one of the hosts of the show, Evan Roberts (his mom apparently got him the job) was badgering the guy for nonsensical answers to stupid questions like above. When he asked for a percentage D-Will said before he answered “You just don’t stop do you?”

    • darealrandolph - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:31 PM

      were did u hear the interwiew

  4. therealhtj - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    There’s a 90% chance he stays and a 100% chance he leaves if they don’t land another superstar.

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