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Report: Williams won't sign extension with Nets

Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 4:20 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Not surprising news in the slightest, big big nonetheless: According to The Record, Deron Williams will not sign an extension with the Nets and will just plan to play this season out.

Big news because that basically means it'll be open season on Williams in 2012 and the Nets will have to convince him he should stay. Not surprising because the Nets haven't done anything yet to impress him. Just talking about Dwight Howard and Nene really doesn't do a whole lot. Actions, not words, are what are going to impress Williams.

"Deron will not be signing the extension,” Jeff Schwartz told The Record. “Based on the new rules it doesn’t make any sense for him to sign the extension. It has nothing to do with how much he likes New Jersey. Because of the rules, he’s going to play the season out and probably opt out of his deal.”

But this just illustrates what a risk the Nets took last year when they decided to trade Derrick Favors, draft picks and Devin Harris for Williams despite not knowing if he'd stay with the team. The Nets wanted to make a big splash for when they moved to Brooklyn and wanted that cornerstone piece.

Problem is, that cornerstone piece might just be with the organization for one and half lame duck seasons before taking off and signing with Dallas, or someone else. Again, a serious risk taken by Billy King and the Nets.

It could still pay off though. This isn't the Carmelo Anthony situation. The Nets aren't going to be dealing Williams and still have a full season to bring him around. Their eggs are in his basket so they're going to be pushing for another big name to pair with him and won't just pull back and deal him. At least I wouldn't think that would be the plan.

King was asked Wednesday on WFAN in New York if he'd consider trading Williams if he didn't sign an extension. King's response: "Absolutely not."

“Fortunately I was around him quite a bit before July 1st and I felt pretty good," King said. "I still feel pretty good because we have a lot of things going for him. We got a brand new building that will be opening next season. He can be the face of a franchise in a major market, so I think there is a lot of positives in our situation for him. In the other situations those guys have been with those teams for awhile. They may want to look. They may not. I don’t know.”

If Williams makes it painfully clear he doesn't want to stay with the Nets though, shouldn't they just cut their losses and get something back? You'd think so, but again, King and the Nets are planning on Williams be their man for the future.

It could happen still. Don't think for a second that Williams passing now is a death sentence. Lots of time left, but Williams just wants to wait and see. Which is what he should do. In fact, Williams understands that himself. He tweeted this Thursday after all the noise broke earlier in the day:

He's right: He can make more in free agency than he could signing an extension. So why wouldn't he opt out and in the meantime, give himself some options?

Like I said, Williams was never planning on signing an extension before the season. The Nets had to do the due diligence and make the effort, but it wasn't happening. Not until Williams can be convinced that's an organization he wants to commit to long-term. And it very well could be. Billy King's got a year to make it look that way. The clock starts ticking now.

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 3:06 pm

Report: Williams won't sign extension with Nets

Yeah, and whatever job you have, I'm sure you're much more worried about your company than your own well being.  You would probably be willing to sacrifice your own personal success for that of your company.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:41 pm

Report: Williams won't sign extension with Nets

I just don't understand the logic of not watching NBA games because the "lesser" teams don't have star players.  What are you talking about?  Did you watch any of the NBA last season?  There are plenty of stars in the NBA.  Mostly every team has a star player.  I understand that the Lakers, Magic, Celtics, and others will always be in the playoffs but throughout professional sports there are teams that are mainstay playoff teams.  And the NBA accepts over half their teams into the playoffs, which is good and bad.  There are teams that are built up that have made themselves contenders like the Grizzlies and Hawks.  A team with OJ Mayo, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and even Marc Gasol, that's a really good team.  You keep complaining about the NBA and go ahead and watch your college basketball because that is so much better!!!  Open jump shots missed, zero isolation, constant boring zones, no free thought whatsoever, AWESOME!

Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:09 pm

Report: Williams won't sign extension with Nets

Coming from a Utah Jazz fan, don't count your chickens before they hatch New Jersey.  Deron Williams is concerned with Deron Williams . . . first and foremost.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:09 pm

Report: Williams won't sign extension with Nets

If the franchise was the Lakers, the Celtics, the Knicks, the Bulls, perhaps the Heat and the Mavericks, Williams would have re-signed by now. Jason Kidd basically bullied his way off the franchise as Rod Thorn was forced to trade him. I don't believe I've taken the NBA seriously since then.

Until lesser teams can retain their own stars, I can not take this league seriously, buy products, watch games, or follow teams. I'd rather watch a sandlot game, or, for that matter, two stray cats copulate in a back alley. You need players to stay with their teams, be it Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, or Danny Granger.

Either install a mechanism to allow the smaller teams to retain their best players, or consolidate the league by 10 teams.

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