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It’s official: Deron Williams did not pick up option, now fun begins

Jun 27, 2012, 11:32 AM EDT

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Deron Williams will be a free agent.

In a move long expected, Williams did not opt in and pick up the last year of his deal with the Brooklyn Nets, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News tweeted.

This is a business move, even if he stays with the Nets he makes more by opting out and re-signing with the team.

The decision for Williams is reportedly down to Dallas or Brooklyn, and he seems to be leaning Brooklyn. The latest sign of that, if you’re reading the tea leafs, is that Williams invited Nets coach Avery Johnson to a small gathering celebrating his birthday on Tuesday.

What he has long said is he needs to be sure Brooklyn management is serious about building a contender around him. The Nets will be in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes whenever that gets ramped up again (this summer), but they had better have a Plan B.

Williams has said several times he hopes to have his decision made by the time he reports to Team USA training camp in Vegas July 6.

  1. ccshocktalk - Jun 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    The Lakers need a big splash this summer with Pau and D-Will wants a new change of scenery and to belong to an organization that will help him win…D-Will feeding the post to Bynum, wreaking havoc across the western conference the same way he did when he was in Utah.

    New Jersey starting Pau, Brook Lopez in the front court would instantly allow them to compete with the other eastern conference teams, Pau has played with Farmar in Lakerland so that chemistry is already built. Add in either Gerald Green or Gerald Wallace and find a half way decent point to run that offense and you’ll be able to compete for a top 8 seed in the east.

    Lopez, Pau, Green, Farmar, and you name the point guard and they’ll give you a good chance to win games.

    • knightrider1755 - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      Your suggestion is absurd on so many levels.

  2. philiplewis1 - Jun 27, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    Deron, you would be a fool to pick NJ over Dallas. What are you thinking?

    • knightrider1755 - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

      No he would be a fool not to pick Brooklyn over Dallas.

      • kilo0986 - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:04 PM

        Uhh, please explain why? Cause no offense but you sound like an idiot.

  3. rotaylla - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Yeah knightrider, l love that one..deron is coming back to Brooklyn cos he knows what the team got brewing…The team will make a splash this free agency..y,all gonna be suprise..#LetsGoBnets…

  4. badintent - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    check the gas pump prices lately , guys ?? That huge price makes bucko bucks for our Russian Team owner of Nets. He got $$$$ tons to spend, thanks to your SUVs, huge pickups trucks and MBs ! So Nets will get 2 major free agents , bank on it. The players will get lots of actions at the Chris Brown /Drake beer bottle throwing contests in nearby Brooklyn clubs.

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