Deron Williams Must Spurn Brooklyn Nets as a 2012 NBA Free Agent

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IMay 2, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 10:  Deron Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets looks on in the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Prudential Center on April 10, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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When the NBA free-agency period kicks off this summer, all eyes will be on the decision that Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams has in front of him.

It doesn't rival "The Decision," by any means, but it's still a big decision nonetheless.

As I looked at before, Williams will be one of the only players on the market that will earn a max-contract this summer, and there are more than a handful of teams that will be in a position to throw that type of money at him—including Brooklyn.

But despite the temptation to be the face of a franchise moving into a brand-new Barclays Center—a $4.9 billion sports arena, business and residential complex—Williams should say no to Brooklyn and pursue other opportunities.

The three-time All-Star is one of the better point guards in the NBA, but hasn’t really come close to winning during his seven-year career. He did reach the Western Conference Finals in 2007 with Utah, but further postseason success has eluded Williams.

While in Utah, Williams made the playoffs four times (2007-10) and never got past the second round. But in his year-and-a-half stint with the New Jersey Nets, the Nets were only a 29-62 team.

Williams is still in the prime of his career, and if he makes his decision based on the opportunity to win, the Nets shouldn’t stand a chance. Otherwise, extending him before the deadline would have been an option.

Before everything else, Williams wants to win as he told Colin Stephenson of the Star-Ledger:

“I want to win, that’s first and foremost,’’ the Nets point guard said at the team’s breakup day Friday. “So I’m going to go where I feel we have the best chance to win. I know we might not win a championship in the first year or two, but hopefully, (the place I go) has the chances of building something special, and has flexibility—just somewhere where I believe they’re headed in the right direction.’’

The Nets just don’t have the talent to compete for an NBA championship anytime soon.

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Brooklyn has money to spend, but with no real game-changers on the market, competing with the likes of the Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat or even the New York Knicks seems like a stretch.  Even if Brooklyn can acquire some top-level talent in the near future, how far into Williams’ contract will the Nets be before they are ready to compete?

Other teams with money and at least above-average talent already in place, such as Dallas, Indiana and even Portland, provide a better option for winning.

He expects to make his decision before the Olympics, and while Brooklyn is certainly in the running, it's hard seeing them as a favorite in the Williams sweepstakes.

Williams in Brooklyn sounds like a nice story, but in the end it does next to nothing to further his basketball career.

At the end of the day, the smart move is for Williams to turn his back on Brooklyn and seek winning  with another franchise.