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Deron Williams: I'm not committing to New Jersey

Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:34 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 1:52 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverderon-williams-nets

Deron Williams just posted the equivalent of a personal ad on his official blog this weekend, reminding any NBA general managers that are paying attention that he will be a free agent next summer and is definitely interested in entertaining their offers.

At the end of a lengthy blog post about life on and off the court in Turkey, where he is playing for Besiktas, Williams drops the following paragraph for no apparent reason other than to increase the stress level of New Jersey Nets fans.

The lockout is still going…if the CBA is finalized and I'll need to come back to the NBA, I think it takes some time for them to get everything on paper, maybe three or four weeks. If we make a deal, I'll try to come back as soon as possible. Also, as far as living,  I don't have a place in New Jersey yet. I don't want to buy anywhere, just planning to rent for now. I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do after the NBA season. We'll see…

First, it would make sense for Williams to rent even if he was committed to the Nets. New Jersey is a team in flux, planning a move to Brooklyn that will include a name change re-branding. There's no reason to buy now. That's just logistically logical. If he wants to re-sign with the Nets, he would either need to buy in Brooklyn and commute to New Jersey this season or buy in New Jersey and commute to Brooklyn in the future. Either way, less than ideal. There's real value in waiting.

Of course, the travel logistics are not the major deciding factor here. The Nets sport one of the worst rosters in the league and they took a major gamble in trading Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, two first round picks and monetary considerations to acquire Williams without any assurances that he would re-sign long-term. The ongoing NBA lockout has wiped out -- at least so far -- the one season the Nets were guaranteed to have his services and it has delayed and compressed (or cancelled) the free agency period that the Nets had hoped to use to find a big-name to help convince Williams to re-sign. In other words, the Nets are a mess compounded by another, much larger mess. 

Williams is 27 now. He lost a year of his prime to a trade and he's losing another year of his prime to NBA negotiations. He wants to win now and he will have plenty of suitors next summer who will be able to make a compelling financial offer while also promising a better chance at postseason success. New Jersey will exit the lockout with the ability to make Williams the best possible financial offer but Williams' Turkish experience and his "keeping my options open" stance here suggests that far more than money will play into his summer 2012 decision-making process. 

Hat tip: HoopsHype.com
Comments

Since: Nov 7, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 12:11 am
 

Deron Williams: I'm not committing to New Jersey

Does anyone else see what's going on here? It's a Utah Jazz conspiricy. Deron loves Utah... He's coming back. The Jazz and Deron agreed to make the trade so that the Utah (an impossible place to lure free agents to) could retool while Williams was away... It's happening! Mark this prediction down and take it to the bank when I'm right. 



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:42 pm
 

Deron Williams: I'm not committing to New Jersey

I don't get it, don't most of these guys want to lay in N.Y. Brooklyn would be a great place to play and the pressure of playing for the Knicks and not trying to suck wouldn't be on you. If Williams doesn't want to play in Jersey/Brooklyn he isn't going to be a Knick anyway, they want CP3.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Deron Williams: I'm not committing to New Jersey

Who cares......do people still watch this sport??  Product is terrible.  Hope the season is cancelled
You care, that's why you commented. 

Your a Net's fan..so I can see why you would think the product is terrible... 



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Deron Williams: I'm not committing to New Jersey

you think he's in turkey playing for free?



Since: Jul 20, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Deron Williams: I'm not committing to New Jersey

Who cares......do people still watch this sport??  Product is terrible.  Hope the season is cancelled.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:22 am
 

Deron Williams: I'm not committing to New Jersey

Where does he say he is not commiting to the Nets? I think this is a case of an unemployed NBA writer trying to stir up some interest... He simply says he has not bought a place in the area, so what? He has one year left on his deal and he doesn't know what's going to happen, I really can't see why anyone would would want to play for that franchise, If this season does start there playing another lame duck season in Newark where no one cares about hockey or basketball....and on top of that as the story states there moving to Brooklyn, even when they make the move if the roster doesn't drastically improve there going to be a bottom feeder for the forseeable future. The Nets make myself being a Raptors fan look like heaven. Dumb trade by the Nets, great trade for the Jazz. 



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:05 am
 

Deron Williams: I'm not committing to New Jersey

Actually, D Will is one of the few players who DOES have a job and IS getting paid right now. Not that I'd be super blissed about Besitkas, but it's millions more than most other players are making right now.



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:16 pm
 

Deron Williams: I'm not committing to New Jersey

No one is getting paid right now Deron, you have no job. Basketball?



Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:17 pm
 

Deron Williams: I'm not committing to New Jersey

In other news today, water is wet. Williams isn't staying with the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets and everyone who follows the NBA knows that. He'll manipulate his way into getting a sign and trade with a contender and Nets management will look like bigger fools than they already do for trading away talent and draft picks for a rental that didn't matter at all. In a league where everyone is trying to join some for of a "superteam", the Nets will never matter unless they end up with a can't miss # 1 overall draft pick to build around and follow that up with some creative drafting ala the Spurs during the Duncan era.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Deron Williams: I'm not committing to New Jersey

Yea thanks for calling out my poor reading comprehension skills.  Just curious do you have a brain at all?  There is a lock out going on but ppl like you still exist.  D. Will will never, ever...again....EVER! take less money.  

I'm willing to open an escrow tomorrow.  Oh and yes you will need some "reading comprehension skills" for that, but I suggest you consult with a lawyer.    Much like a car Salesman BS....of all the dumb things you said nothing beat this, "He wants to win".   I'll take Sloan's word any day over D.Will ...he is greedy arrogant and he always put "I" over team, he never cared about winning and he didn't start today. 

 


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