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NBA Rumors: Mikhail Prokhorov Is Delusional About Deron Williams' Free Agency

NEW YORK - MAY 19:  New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses the media during a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on May 19, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Luis BatlleContributor IDecember 31, 2016

New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov strikes again. The ridiculous offseason talks have officially taken flight.

Just last week, Prokhorov said he is on the same page with Williams. According to Mike Mazzeo via ESPN New York, the owner said, "We (had) I think a very good discussion. He really wants to win, and I want to (win) maybe even more. I really want to go into details, but I think at this stage, we're on the same page."

Prokhorov's track record should be highly considered in regards to the potential re-signing of Nets star Deron Williams.

Since taking over the Nets in 2009, Prokhorov has failed to come through with offseason acquisitions, failing to bring in starts like Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony over the last several seasons. said it best in one of their more recent pieces following a meeting that took place between Prokhorov and Williams last week.

Prokhorov has not done well on the NBA free-agent market. He failed to lure LeBron James and Chris Bosh two years ago and last season New Jersey could not reach a deal with Denver for Carmelo Anthony before he was traded to the rival Knicks.

Despite his high hopes that Williams will re-sign with the team upon the end of his contract, there is no question he will be turning the other cheek.

For the last three seasons since the arrival of Prokhorov, the Nets have failed to be competitive. In the 2011-12 season things were no better, with the Nets currently 22-41 and fourth in the Atlantic division.

Just 6-7 in their last 13 games, the Nets continue to demonstrate inconsistency both offensively and defensively, ranking in the bottom half of the league in both points scored (No. 22) and allowed per game (No. 21).

With the team's losing ways and the many failed attempts to keep stars in New Jersey, Prokhorov's 2012 offseason will be no different, as Williams will be on the move soon enough. Williams is as talented a PG as any in the league and will undoubtedly be looking for a team that has NBA championship potential.

Expect Prokhorov to have to look elsewhere to bring in talent during the 2012 NBA offseason, as Williams doesn't wish to entertain the idea of going though another losing campaign in New Jersey.

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