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Deron Williams makes it clear he will become free agent

Mar 16, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

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Ultimately, Dwight Howard wanted to stay in Orlando and — after a couple days of ridiculous flip-flopping — he decided to “opt in.” (Technically he waived his right to opt-out of his contract, but we’ll go with opt-in.) Dwight Howard has a loyalty to Orlando that overcame everything else.

Deron Williams has no such loyalty to New Jersey.

The day after Howard’s decision, Williams was asked if he would opt-in with the Nets. At least he didn’t laugh outright. But this is pretty close. Here are the tweets from Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.

Deron Williams tells the Daily News: “I will not op-in. Its not monkey see, monkey do.”

So to clarify, Deron says he will definitely become a free agent after the season and weigh his options

Somewhere, Mark Cuban involuntarily smiled.

Williams has kept quiet this season and not talked about wanting to be traded or who the Nets needed to get to keep him. As best he could he stayed out of the spotlight.

Sorry Nets fans, he’s as good as gone. He’s going to opt out for sure and is a good bet to sign in his home town of Dallas next season. Which makes the Nets trade-deadline move to get Gerald Wallace — a trade meant to bolster the team in the short term — makes no sense. They gave up their first-round pick. This is a deep draft, the Nets could have gotten a good player. Instead they got Wallace, a player who also can opt-out after the season.

The new Barclay Center in Brooklyn better be stunning, because it will need to distract Nets fans from the team next season, they are going to be awful.

  1. smiz17 - Mar 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    What makes everyone so certain that Deron is headed to Dallas?

    • sprest83 - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      What makes you think that he isn’t? He is from the Dallas area…his family still lives there. Dallas can complement Dwill with Dirk and still be in play for Howard once he hits free agency.

      • smiz17 - Mar 16, 2012 at 2:00 PM

        Whose to say the Orlando Magic don’t make something happen to get him and Dwight to play in Florida?

      • redstar504 - Mar 17, 2012 at 1:26 AM

        Smiz I said that in another post as well. That is the scenario I think to be most likely. Dwight Howard wants to play with D-Will and vice versa. The trade didn’t happen and Howard agreed to stay because there was no way to get him to the Nets. Howard couldn’t risk getting sent to Kobe’s Lakers so he agreed to stay in Orlando.

        Here comes act 2 Howard is going to make sure Deron Williams gets to Orlando this summer. If it doesn’t happen and Williams has to go somewhere else it’s a safe bet to take Howard demands a trade to whatever team that is.

        They will be playing together somewhere real soon I bet on Orlando.

  2. vicktator - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Now I’m up in Brooklyn, now I’m in last place, Mr. Kardashian is our best player, we will suck forever.

    • karlton2 - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      Concrete jungle where dreams are made of (?)

      Bravo. Well Played.


      vicktator – Mar 16, 2012 at 12:02 PM
      Now I’m up in Brooklyn, now I’m in last place, Mr. Kardashian is our best player, we will suck forever.

  3. ezmagic - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    He’s going to sign with the magic! Magic will have much better supporting cast than Dallas. Dirk is fading, dwight is still blossoming. Magic will trade away jameer, JJ or j rich for draft picks to make cap space. If Deron and Dwight want a chance at a ring, it’s in Orlando.

    • drunkenjunk - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      You’re delusional, he is going to the Mavs because he doens’t want to deal with an overgrown child in Orlando. What makes you think people are just gonna give y’all draft picks for Jameer, JJ and Richardson.

  4. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    And is there any other established winning team that needs a PG with the cap space besides the Mavs? Not saying its a certainty but it makes a hell of a lot of sense.

  5. ezmagic - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    And what kind of GM would trade a top 4-5 draft pick in a deep draft for a 30 something year old that can opt out after this season lol That has to be the worst trade. Worse than the magic trading for Gilbert.

    • kingbeason52 - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      No way, he will go to Dallas. Lebron, Wade, and Rose will be running the east for the next 5+ years. The Western conference is way more up in the air in the west, espically with Kobe dwindling down. All you got to worry about is OKC but Westbrook dosent know his role on the team as being the second best player on the team, which makes the feel a bit more unstable, which in return could haunt them in a stressful western conference matchup. Also Dirk probably has 3-5 good years left in him.

  6. rajbais - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    The New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn thing was a bunch of crap from the beginning!!!!

    No one cares about Jay-Z and Brooklyn has a bad name of being “street” compared to the glamorous Manhattan!!!!

    Prokhorov is unfortunately a joke and he needs to fire Billy King and Avery Johnson after this season!!!! Johnson only did well in Dallas because the players got sick of Don Nelson and change got the best out of them!!!!

    However, if they win the West in 2006 but get knocked out by the Warriors in the first round in 2007 then he’s NOT a good coach!!!

    Billy King contaminated his cap space by overpaying Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala, and Travis Outlaw (not using hindsight)!!!! Why does he deserve a job????
    Just let him go and stay at NBA TV!!!

    Anyone that CANNOT at least build a Semi-Final bound team is mediocre or worse!!!!

    As the cliche goes “Blow the damn thing up!!!!!”

    • deadeyedesign23 - Mar 16, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      Jesus christ…if you’re from another city shut up. If you’re from Manhattan try crossing an effing bridge.

      • rajbais - Mar 17, 2012 at 2:17 AM

        “shut up! shut up! wah wah wah! I’m crying to Mommy!”

        It was overhyped from the beginning because there IS no glamor to make these players feel like royalties!!!

        That’s why Chicago got Boozer, the Nets got … ahem, Travis Outlaw, and the Clippers got CP3, the Heat got Bosh and Lebron, the Knicks (the more glamorous team) got Amare, Carmelo, and Tyson Chandler!!!

        When you enter the non-glamor towns, you’re a worker or a paycheck recipient!!! In the glamour towns, YOU THE MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • deadeyedesign23 - Mar 17, 2012 at 9:21 AM

        Believe me man I spend more time talking about how small markets shouldn’t complain than anyone else on here. But your idea that “Brooklyn is too street” and “Manhattan is glamorous”. I suggest you hang out around Prospect Park in Brooklyn then head over to anything North of 110th St on either side of the park in Manhattan.

        My point is that you have no idea what you’re talking about.

      • rajbais - Mar 17, 2012 at 6:56 PM


        Where are the clubs and penthouses at???

        That’s how you get them to buy in!!!

      • deadeyedesign23 - Mar 17, 2012 at 10:51 PM

        You can’t be serious. You realize almost none of the Knicks live in Manhattan right? Glamour? There is literally noting “glamorous” within 20 blocks if the Garden. Oh wait you have those 2 Sbarros across the street from each other…

    • muhangis - Mar 17, 2012 at 5:36 AM

      rajbais you sound like a fag I’m sorry.

      • rajbais - Mar 17, 2012 at 6:54 PM


        Go screw yourself!!!

        At least the Knicks have a cache that Nets will NEVER have!!!

        The closest thing to that was during the Jason Kidd days!!!

        I know people from Brooklyn, by the way!!! They describe it as less glamorous than Manhattan and has “street” in it.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Mar 17, 2012 at 10:53 PM

        What cache do the Knicks have? When was the last time anyone nationally cared about he Knicks? 20 years ago?

        “I know people from Brooklyn, by the way!!! They describe it as less glamorous than Manhattan and has “street” in it.”

        Yes brooklyn has streets in it. Correct. This dude probably got his chain took in Brooklyn 10 years ago and all of a sudden it’s the 3rd world.

  7. nightrain42 - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    Bad move. Shld hve taken Pau and a pick from the Lakers!

  8. Tick - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    He seems like a perfect rebuilding piece for Portland since he’ll be overpriced and injury prone. Fits right in with Paul Allen’s philosophy.

    • sellahh - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:38 PM

      You sure you’re talking about DWill? Injury prone? Really? Overpriced? Last year he was right up there with CP3 in the best pure point guard discussion. Not so much this year, hello Johan Petro & co.

  9. sellahh - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Despite the fact that DWill is gone, i still like what Prokhorov did. You don’t win big if you don’t bet big. He lost this one but I’m sure he hasn’t achieved what he did in life by not betting big. I’m not a Nets fan, but if Prokhorov keeps his interest in this team, they’ll return… should I say get to relevancy in a few years.

    • gpatrick15 - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      Agreed. Not a Nets fan either, but you have to admire the testicular fortitude it took to make that trade without any extension.

    • losangelasbasketball - Mar 16, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      Given the price tag of the Barclays Center, I would be shocked if the Brooklyn Nets don’t become a major threat in the east… when that place is done, coaches and players are going to love going to work everyday… it’s only a matter of time… Note: Staples Center in LA

  10. jumbossportsblog - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog and commented:
    Williams will be top free agent on the market some this summer. Look for him to land in Dallas as they look to get younger and reload. Williams grew up in the Dallas and Mark Cuban ne happy to welscome him home.

    • pl4tinum514 - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM

      Your blog must suck.

  11. thraiderskin - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Dang… it really doesn’t look good for the Nets.

  12. reupjosh - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Looks like everything is lining up exactly how “DaRealRandolph” predicted…

  13. prosourcetalk - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Nets were so stupid to make that trade and give up a 1st without any assurances that Williams was going to stay

  14. reupjosh - Mar 16, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Also, I live in BK, just a few blocks away from the new arena in Crown Heights. I’m actually happy Dwight didn’t get traded and DWill will leave. Season ticket prices will drop, and we can finally afford seeing NBA basketball in NYC. Ever since the Knicks picked up Doughboy Caremelo and then Linsanity happened, you cant even consider going to the Garden unless you have massive amounts of money to blow… Thanks Dolan.

  15. lakerluver - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Just goes to show one can be filthy rich AND dumb. I’m speaking in terms of the owner not D. Will.

  16. gq2scoops - Mar 16, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    How stupid can this organization be??? They should got anything they could’ve for him once D12 signed on staying in ORL…Now they’ll have no stars to market around the new arena and move to Brooklyn…Haha how smart are the Jazz now for dumping him when the did?

  17. pete5520 - Mar 16, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    wow seems to me that everything went backwards on the nets

    now dwill is leaving and orlando will do anything to pair him up with howard

  18. nyasdad14 - Mar 16, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Woe is me…the nets are gonna suck for a looooooong time. Why the hell would they give up their #1?????????

  19. mightyquinn69 - Mar 16, 2012 at 2:43 PM


  20. mikeewright7 - Mar 16, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    Not a nets fans however
    “The nets can go 0 for 82 and i look at yall like this S*** gravy”
    Jay-Z aint worried lol

  21. ezmagic - Mar 16, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    The only reason he goes to mavs is cuz he’s from there right? They would have to try rebuild. Going to Orlando you don’t need to rebuild. Instant contender. He wants a ring more than playing back home. He probably would like to retire in Dallas…Jameer will be on expiring contract, JJ has an up side, j rich would be a great add on for a 2nd round pick for any 2nd tier team.

  22. kenyanteg123 - Mar 16, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    Derron Williams whined his way out of Utah and now he’s going to team up with arguably one of the best PF’s to ever touch a basketball. What happened to morals?

  23. chadinkc30 - Mar 16, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    I’m sorry, bu

  24. chadinkc30 - Mar 16, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    I’m sorry but the fact he’s from Dallas doesn’t mean much to me. If its money, he will make much more in LA, New York, or Brooklyn w endorsements alone, and have u seen Dallas recently? They look old! If I won the lottery lets say or found a job making 20 mill a yr, the last place I wanna move to is my hometown!!!!

  25. oldirtyjersey - Mar 16, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Dallas is not a foregone conclusion for D-Will. One look at the Knicks tells you that you need more than two all-stars and a bunch of throw-ins to win. Dallas will have a 34 year old Dirk and little else. Oh yeah, Lamar Odom and Marion. That will get you past OKC? You would have a small window for a title then re-building in 2 years. Orlando? For what, the MLE? They are like $10 mil over the cap. They would have to trade Davis, Turkgolu, Redick and on and on to get $15 mil UNDER the cap. The only way he goes there is a sign and trade with Nets, probably not going to happen without 3 or 4 teams involved. There will be teams with cap space but no sure things. Dallas and Brooklyn are 50/50. Deron likes NY, King and Avery. He has a very good YOUNG center, a YOUNG wing with tons of potential a top shooter and LOADS of cap space. Stranger things than D-Will re-signing with the Nets have happened. Kidd was gone to San Antonio, wrong! Carter was never going to sign, wrong! And Nets will have Houston pick in draft, probably 15-18. Not a top 5, but not awful in this draft. And who knows, maybe Stern throws them a bone!

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