Deron Williams is not going to do something just because someone else did.
One day after Dwight Howard made the decision to stay in Orlando through the 2012-2013 season and signed a waiver to give up the early termination option in his contract, Williams told the New York Daily News that he would not be doing the same thing with his own contract with the New Jersey Nets.
He slammed the door completely shut on the issue, too.
“I’m not going to opt-in. It’s not monkey-see, monkey-do,” Williams told the Daily News.
That's a great quote.
While Howard has been the talk of the NBA for his decision to remain loyal to the franchise that drafted him, Williams was short, sweet and to the point when discussing his thoughts on his future.
It will be a big decision for Williams and his family because, as he told the Daily News, wherever he ends up is where he'd like to retire.
If a player doesn't want to deal with the drama that surrounded Howard, he should take note of how Williams has handled his business. Sure, he's still going to be asked about his intentions or hopes for the future, but he's already put himself in a position of power by saying he's opting out and will evaluate his situation from there.
Williams spoke about how the season has been for him compared to everything Howard has dealt with:
“I’m not (going through the same things) because I’ve said all year I’m going to play this whole year out and see what happens,” Williams said. “So I haven’t been flip-flopping and gone back-and-forth. It’s not even close to being the same situation.”
No vagueness, no guessing games, nothing to see here.
And if there is uncertainty, that's something that Williams gets to handle behind closed doors, the way it should be.