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Deron Williams has been much more quiet about his future than Howard, and even though they have been linked together for months, it's no guarantee that happens.
ESPN did report over the weekend that Williams would prefer to stay in New Jersey, but listed the New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers as his preferred destinations.
The Lakers are one team that desperately need him, but it's not going to happen.
The only way New Jersey deals their star point guard is if Howard is traded to another team. Being I don't think that will happen, Williams is staying put.
The Nets are holding a pair of pocket aces with Williams, and they are all in with him. It's more likely that they hold onto Williams and try and sign Howard as a free agent if they are unable to land him in a deal.
Of course, that strategy could backfire big time, but they will hold onto Williams in the meantime.