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Deron Williams has a wish list, too. Nets are on top for now.

Jan 20, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

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The conventional wisdom has been that if the Nets could not land another star to join Deron Williams in New Jersey this season or Brooklyn next season, he would opt out this summer — crushing the Nets franchise that gave up a lot to get him — and heading to his hometown of Dallas next year.

But there’s more than that on the table, including a couple of teams that need a point guard, reports Chris Broussard of ESPN.

Deron Williams’ first choice is to stay with the Nets and to build something special in Brooklyn, but if it doesn’t work out with his current team, his short list of desirable destinations includes the Mavericks, the Knicks and the Lakers, according to sources close to the situation.

The Nets are not going to trade Williams during the season, they gave up a lot to get him. Their goal is to land Dwight Howard, via trade or free agency. If that fails they may be forced to sign-and-trade Williams, but depending on how fast the Magic move we could be well into the summer before that happens.

The Knicks and Lakers are two teams who certainly need a point guard. The challenge is that both do not have the cap space to sign him, it would have to be a sign-and-trade with the Nets, who may not want to play along. Even if they do, we’re talking about the Knicks or Lakers giving up a big star to go back — Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol or the like. Neither team may be willing to pay that steep a price.

Smart money says he opens the new building in Brooklyn or he moves back home to Dallas. But there is a list now.

  1. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Jan 20, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    I can only hope the Mavs get him and Howard… Probably unlikely. Probably too much of a dream but Dirk, Dwight Howard and Deron Williams would top any other Big 3 in the league at the moment.

    • stadix093 - Jan 20, 2012 at 6:13 PM

      You guys won a championship man! Join in on the fun of insane situations that may never happen but would be great for your team ,and piss off other people. Us Laker fans have been doin it for years. Watch it goes like this. Doesn’t matter, Lakers are going to get D Will and Howard next year to hang up banner 17 yeeeeah!!!!! See, if you use enough exclamation points, it’s like it already happened. Okay now you try. Really though can you imagine that team?! Damn there isn’t another big 3 you can put together that could beat it. Seriously, Lakers will have both soon. Bring on the hatred!

  2. 00maltliquor - Jan 20, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Lakerrrrrs!!!

  3. 00maltliquor - Jan 20, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Or how about Miami just to really piss people off! That’d be way to funny!

    • mannyfresh209 - Jan 20, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      Hahaha well played, sir. Trade Bosh, Anthony, Miller and Chalmers for Dwight and Hedo. Let’s goooo

  4. robforman - Jan 20, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    If I’m the Knicks GM, I’m giving up either Carmelo or Amare for Deron in a second. As they’re currently constructed, the Knicks an unbalanced collection of parts that don’t particularly work well together. Williams, Chandler and either of the other two makes for a much better team than they have now.

  5. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Jan 21, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    robforman January 20, 2012, 7:59 PM CST

    If I’m the Knicks GM, I’m giving up either Carmelo or Amare for Deron in a second. As they’re currently constructed, the Knicks an unbalanced collection of parts that don’t particularly work well together. Williams, Chandler and either of the other two makes for a much better team than they have now.

    _____
    If I remember correctly the Nets tried to get Carmelo too but paid less for Williams after Melo became a Net. Trading the two would admit making a huge mistake for the Knicks. Not saying I disagree with what you say, but I don’t think Melo for Williams will ever happen.

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