Deron Williams will be a free agent next year, and as his New Jersey Nets travel to Dallas to play the Mavericks today, the talk of Mark Cuban attempting to pick up the All-Star point guard for next season has already begun.
In response to pointed questions about Williams going to play in his hometown, the point guard responded with the typical response: "I'm just going to play out this season and look at my options after the season."
While it would be in poor taste for Williams to excitedly tell people that he will be going to Dallas next season, I'd be shocked if he didn't. Coach Avery Johnson was way more realistic about the whole situation, calling Mark Cuban a threat in regards to getting Williams for the next NBA season. And with good reason.
The only incentive for Williams to stay with the Nets next season would be if in an unlikely turn of circumstances—they acquire Dwight Howard. An outcome which seems fairly unfeasible due to lack of key trade options on the part of the Nets.
NBA players must be more guarded about their desires to switch teams since LeBron James' little press conference regarding a little old team called the Miami Heat. Deron Williams would get a pretty contract from the Mavericks, as Cuban has made it quite clear that he wants the premiere point guard.
Owners and players should be more realistic about these things and not worry about offending people. Deron Williams should start packing his bags already.