Found March 16, 2012 on
The free agent class of 2012 has a new number one guy and yes, it's still a superstar. Friday morning Deron Williams told reporters, including Stefan Bondy with the New York Daily News that he would be hitting the open market this offseason.
"I’m not going to opt-in. It’s not monkey-see, monkey-do,” Williams told the Daily News. “Wherever I go is hopefully where I’m going to retire.”
This shouldn't come as a big surprise after Dwight Howard decided to opt-in to the final year of his contract. We never got a sense Williams was ever thinking about opting in, but what incentive does he have to stick around to play with Gerald Wallace and Brook Lopez? There are incentives for him to stay in soon to be Brooklyn. As Bondy points out, opting out will allow Williams to sign a five year deal with the Nets, but only a four year deal with a lower percentage of raises for any other team he signs with. The Nets will also have some room to sign another guy besides Williams th...
BEST OF MAXIM
New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams will not waive his early termination option and intends to opt out and become a free agent at the end of the season, according to the New York Daily News."I'm not going to opt-in. It's not monkey-see, monkey-do," Williams said Friday in reference to Orlando Magic center Dwight's Howard's contract situation. "...
ON THE MARKET
Dwight Howard may not become a free agent after the season, but that won't deter Deron Williams from exploring other teams.
DALLAS -- There are lazy assumptions being made regarding the Dallas Mavericks and their cap. There is inaccurate information being issued regarding the money Deron Williams can be paid if he joins the Mavs in the Summer of 2012. But there is nothing dull or unclear about the facts, or about the intentions expressed in recent hours by Deron or by Mavs GM Donnie Nelson.
ABOVE AND BEYOND
I have a sinking suspicion that most of you didn't watch last night's New Orleans Hornets/New Jersey Nets affair. Since you didn't, you missed this impressive double alley-oop from Deron Williams to Gerald Green to Kris Humphries:
The future of the New Jersey Nets might hinge on the plight of Dwight Howard before today's 3 pm trade deadline and the Nets free-agent-to-be Deron Williams is banking on the the borough of Brooklyn to lure the Orlando Magic center to the Nets.
After a bizarre sequence of events over the past few months, including drunk-dialing from the Magic CEO and continuing with Howard telling...
While saying "It's not monkey see, monkey do" in reference to Dwight Howard, Deron Williams said he will not opt-in with the Nets.
DeShawn Stevenson said Deron Williams did seem to be bothered by the day's events on the Nets' flight down to Orlando Thursday.
WHEELING AND DEALING
The Portland Trail Blazers have traded Gerald Wallace to the New Jersey Nets for Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and a protected 2012 first-round pick.
In Saturday night NBA action, the New Jersey Nets pulled off a rarely-seen double alley-oop in the third quarter against the New Orleans Hornets. Deron Williams made a half court alley-oop pass to Gerald Green, who threw another alley-oop pass off the backboard to Kris Humprhies for the finishing slam dunk.
The Nets followed up the play with a three-pointer to close the third...
The Nets are likely to reject an offer of Pau Gasol for Deron Williams.
The Nets feel they can keep Deron Williams even if they are unable to acquire Dwight Howard.
Dwight Howard, not traded. Deron Williams, should have been traded but the New Jersey Nets were too paralyzed with the whole Orlando Magic outcome to realize they needed to make the move. David Kahn was nowhere to be found, strange. And everyone else just felt like doing the basics with their deals. David Stern can have extra vacation time tonight!
The NBA trade deadline was somewhat overshadowed by the opening day of March Madness. Still, there were a plethora of moves made in the final hours as teams tried to make a last ditch effort to bolster their roster or build for the future. Here are the trade deadline losers.
New Jersey Nets
Their wet dream of landing Dwight Howard before the deadline didn’t happen and on...