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Deron Williams denies Nets must get Howard to keep him

May 30, 2012, 6:29 PM EDT

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UPDATE 6:29 pm: Deron Williams has come out and denied the report that it’s Dwight Howard-or-bust if the Nets want to keep him.

Williams took to twitter to answer the claim.

I would love to know who Adrian Wojnarowski source is bc he knows more about what I’m thinking then I do, maybe they can help me decide?

These things are always shades of gray, not black and white. Like life itself. Of course, if the Nets could get Howard it really would help make up William’s mind.

12:02 pm: Deron Williams apparently wants to win now. Not three years from now, not waiting for Anthony Davis to develop, but now.

The Brooklyn Nets have a 7.5 percent chance of winning the lottery tonight, but even if they do that’s not enough to keep Deron Williams, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo.

If the Brooklyn Nets win the No. 1 pick in the NBA’s draft lottery on Wednesday night – and the chance to secure Kentucky center Anthony Davis – it won’t be enough for Williams to sign a contract extension, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

“It’s Dwight Howard or bust,” said a league source who has spoken to Williams.

Which would make things really, really interesting if the Nets did get the top pick. They would then have to choose the slower but potentially longer-term reward of building around Davis — considered one of the best big men to come out of college in a decade and a likely franchise cornerstone — or flipping him to Orlando (with other parts) for Dwight Howard and the chance to be contenders now.

If the Nets land the second or third pick — they have a 25 percent chance of landing in the top 3 — then the idea of trying to flip it is easier. At least from their end. Until the Magic get a general manager everything in Orlando is up in the air.

  1. huey88 - May 30, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    So nervous about whats goona happen to my nets..i don’t think we are goona get a top 3 pick.

    • loungefly74 - May 30, 2012 at 12:22 PM

      I can’t blame D-Will not wanting to wait any longer. he finished up his 8th year…he has 5 years of prime top level performance left. it would take a rookie 2 years minimum to find his groove in the NBA (yeah, i’m not basing that on any fact but just speculation, so bare with me) so that gives D-Will 3 prime years of title contention.

      just playing the “scenario” game here, if D-Will says “No way I’m a Net…get me outta here ASAP!” and the Lakers are dangling Gasol in front of ya…do you bite? or do you consider others options…and what would those options be for the Nets? I guess the Mavs as well would have to be considered as a potential suitor…

      • loungefly74 - May 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        sorry…he finished up his 7th year.

      • raidmagic - May 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        Williams is a free agent, why would he want the team he is going to to trade anyone? If he just wants to win the lack of a max contract shouldn’t be a problem …oh yea it’s never just about winning …

      • loungefly74 - May 30, 2012 at 1:54 PM

        great point raidmagic as you answered your own question….$$$ always plays a role.

    • knightrider1755 - May 30, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      Don’t rule out the Nets on anything. Prokhorov is a shrewd business man and an even shrewder poker player. No way he lets DWill go. He will find a way to keep him and get the other players he needs to build a competitive team around him. The Howard sweepstakes are live and well and anything can happen. Stay tuned.

      • doctorfootball - May 30, 2012 at 8:37 PM

        Oh. You mean like the “shrewd” business move that brought Gerald Wallace to the Nets and lost them their draft pick in this years draft? Other than bringing in Williams, Prokhorov has done nothing well.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - May 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    11th pick.

  3. ezmagic - May 30, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    Nazi stern might make it happen. Im a magic fan and if Dwight won’t resign by draft night and nets land #1 pick I’d say bye bye Dwight. Your loss cause you won’t win anything in brokelyn, yes brokelyn. Not even with D. Will.

    A fresh start with Davis isn’t bad. The magic took a bigger chance drafting D12 out of HS.

    • knightrider1755 - May 30, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      Probably is Dwight want win anything in Orlando either.

  4. lakerluver - May 30, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    D. Will sure would look good in PURPLE AND GOLD.

  5. knightrider1755 - May 30, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    The Nets will not retain Anthony Davis even if they get him, they will flip him and several future draft picks and a couple of current players immediately to the Magic for Dwight Howard. Davis would never wear a Nets uniform. Anyone who believes the Nets are going to sit around and wait for Davis to develop is on some kind of hallucinogen. It was proven last year when the Nets got rid of Derrick Favors that they were not looking for long-term results. Prokhorov has stated that he wants to see a quick turnaround with the Nets and wants them to contend for a championship immediately. This Russian is a former basketball player who wreaks with competitive instinct and desire. Can’t believe he built a $1 billion arena to house a bunch of losers.

    • dirtyjerseysports - May 30, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      Just curious if the Nets are “losers” what are the Knicks?

      • knightrider1755 - May 30, 2012 at 6:22 PM

        Bums. I am with you.

  6. prestigious1 - May 30, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    DWill will be a Laker one way or another. Home to accept it.

  7. boondocksaint224 - May 30, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    If I’m the Nets’ GM and I just won the draft lottery, I’m looking to trade Williams for young pieces to put around Davis instead of flipping Davis for Howard, provided that Williams is in fact demanding Howard or he walks. Williams and Howard only have a few years of prime left, and Howard just had back surgery. There’s no telling if he’s going to be the same guy, back surgery is really tough to fully recover from.

    Basically, if I’m the Nets GM and I just won the draft lottery, I’m pretty damn happy, with or without Deron Williams.

  8. dfh3456 - May 30, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    As a Nets fan, I am no fan of the new owner. The trade where he gave up a lot for D-Will, with no guarantee of keeping him was not wise in my opinion. Giving up a 1st rounder, even if top 3 protected for someone like Gerald Wallace, when you are hopefully out of the playoff race is mind boggling to me. Gutting the team for a chance to get an immature Dwight Howard, doesn’t seem too brilliant either, provided the attempts ever have success in the future. If you want to know how trying to buy a championship, while gutting all your draft picks works out for a team, there is a prime example playing in MSG.

  9. 20dollardinners - May 30, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    You can’t trade d.will – he is a free agent.

    • boondocksaint224 - May 30, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      He has a player option. Not sure how that works with any trade scenarios. I would imagine that would hurt the Nets, as far as trading Williams goes. The thing is, the Nets can offer a sign and trade, providing Williams with more money than what he could get from anyone else.

  10. donfelder440 - May 30, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    No one’s confusing the Nets’ roster for Spurs or Thunder-like depth, but I’ve seen far worse NBA rosters as a whole. So, if D-Will were as good as he seems to think he is, I would have thought he could have made a bigger difference there. Instead, they were horrible. I’m going to laugh when this guy turns into Joe Johnson 2.0.

  11. astrosfan75956 - May 30, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    David Stern will rig the draft like he normally does.

    • knightrider1755 - May 30, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      You mean like he rigged in 2010 so that the Wizards could get John Wall instead of the Nets?

  12. exibitsman - May 30, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    very bad move losing the #6 for a player that stays for 2.5months they need to fire the GM for this foolish decsision makeing they werent going to the playoffs anyways

  13. teamobijuan - May 31, 2012 at 9:23 AM



  14. shockexchange - May 31, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    What’s the “over / under” on how long it will take for some mullet to blame AAU for this? 5 .. 4 .. 3 .. 2 .. 1

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