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Is Deron Williams leaning toward re-signing with Nets?

May 1, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

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Deron Williams is going to test the free agent market, except for him it’s not much of a test.

We know what the market is for him — D-Will is a max player who will get multiple max offers. Dallas, Indiana, any team that has max contract space this summer will reach out with the same offer. The question for Williams is really where he wants to play. We’ve assumed his hometown of Dallas has the advantage there.

Buy why not Brooklyn?

New arena in the city, cap space, they can offer him a little more money and one guaranteed more year. And by all reports Williams has loved living in the city and the business opportunities that provides. Plus, sweet new logo.

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News tweeted this:

From everything I’ve been hearing, Deron Williams is leaning toward re-signing with the Nets. There’s still a lot that can happen, though.

The issue in Brooklyn is winning for the ultra-competitive Williams. The Nets sucked last year, traded away their pick in this draft (top 3 protected) for Gerald Wallace who also is a free agent and can leave, and unless the Magic decide they want to trade Dwight Howard after all the Nets have no real prospect at a star to go with Williams.

Does he trust Nets management to turn it around enough to stay?

I don’t know Bondy’s sources, but my guess is in Brooklyn right now they think they have a shot. My guess is sources in Dallas think the Mavs are the team to beat. We will see.

The good news here is it will not drag out, D-Will says he wants a contract in place before the Olympics.

  1. kingbeason52 - May 1, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    ” (top 3 protected) ”
    The NBA has an intricate set of rules. With stuff like that, the amnesty stuff, pingpong ball seems overly complicated.

  2. AlohaMrHand - May 1, 2012 at 1:25 PM

    Those snazzy new uniforms did the trick!

  3. thestudiokida - May 1, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    I’m glad you asked.

    No, Deron Williams is not leaning torward re-signing with the Nets. Currently, he is leaning torward a frosty pint of brew at the bar. And after signing an extension he will be leaning torward the barrel of a revolver.

    • kilo0986 - May 1, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      ….a frosty pint sounds great right now…. Oh wait wha?!

  4. cheers4ablumpkin - May 1, 2012 at 2:25 PM


  5. 4thquartermagic - May 1, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Course he says that NOW. His future team is still playing in the playoffs.

    He’s trying not to get fined.

  6. lakerluver - May 1, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Why not Brooklyn? Uhh, maybe because they’re gonna $uck!! Unless they get the Big Prima Donna (Howard), why would D. Will stay when he can play for an up and coming team like the Pacers, or in Dallas with a superstar like Dirk?

  7. therealhtj - May 1, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Why not Brooklyn? Well let’s see, they can pay him the most, give him the most years, and give him the biggest raises.

    NBA players are pretty clear when they say “it’s all about winning” they leave off the last part of “in a city I really like with a team that pays me the most money, but if I don’t win I still want to make sure I get paid.”

    It doesn’t really look like there’s an opportunity to get paid AND chase titles like the Miami free agents got. Timing and the new CBA pretty much took care of that. So given the choice, he’ll take the money and his chances in media market #1.

  8. lakerluver - May 1, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    @therealhtj, he can chase rings AND get paid in Dallas or Indy. Maybe not to the tune of what the Nets can pay him but he wouldn’t be exactly living below the poverty line in those other two cities. And Cuban will probably make up the difference somehow (under the table) if he goes to Dallas.

  9. storebrandcookies - May 2, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Mark Cuban you know what to do!

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