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Williams, Wallace don't rule out returning

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--Deron Williams will enter free agency after his current contract expires in June, but he continues to not rule out a return to the Nets as they head to Brooklyn. He will keep all options open, but one of those opportunities lies with the Nets.

"I'm still looking at all possibilities," Williams said. "I have some time left to decide, and a lot of stuff can happen. I don't want to take too much time to decide. I want to have something done before the Olympics (Williams will play on Team USA in the Olympic Games in London)."

Williams said that he likes the team's future in Brooklyn.

"Definitely, it's going to be a great atmosphere," Williams said. "I've always been confident with this organization. Even after opting out (of the final year of his contract), I always had faith in the Nets. I want to win. That's first and foremost. I might not get a chance to win a championship in that first year, but I want to be in a place where they have a chance to build something special, building something in the right direction."

Williams admitted that the year was a tough one.

"It's been very difficult for all of us," Williams said. "We had such high hopes of making the playoffs, but because of the injuries, we never had a chance to be together, suffering injury after injury. I really never did get a chance to see us at full strength. There were a lot of ups and downs. I don't think it was fun for anyone."

So his future remains up in the air.

"So much can happen between now and free agency," said Williams, who plans to remain in New Jersey until his children finish the school year. "But it would be a great opportunity to be part of that first team in Brooklyn. It's enticing to be there. It's something I think about a lot."

--Gerald Wallace, who came to the Nets from Portland in a trade-deadline deal, also has a clause in his contract where he can opt out of his final year.

But Wallace also expressed interest of being with the Nets as they move to Brooklyn.

"It does excite me," Wallace said. "I was with Charlotte when it started there, and I remember the buzz and the excitement of the community. Brooklyn never had a team before. I can imagine what that's going to be like."

However, Wallace isn't making any definite plans.

"I think we'll know more in the next week or so," Wallace said. "I spoke to my agent and we have a plan in place. I'd love to stay here. There are some great pieces here. This season was tough. I won't look at it as a bad season. We had a lot of guys hurt. We just need to get everyone on the court at the same time."

If Wallace remains with the Nets, he would like a multi-year deal.

"Something like four to five years," Wallace said. "So I can be stable and call a team and a city my home."

"I don't think I'm a hard player to fit in with. I just play. I make hustle plays. I play defense and rebound. I get out in transition. Once I got here, things clicked and it fit my game perfectly. The guys made it a lot easier for me to fit in." -- Nets F Gerald Wallace, who averaged 15.2 points per game in the 16 games he played with the Nets after the trade with Portland.

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