One of the biggest sagas of this coming offseason is whether Deron Williams, who was unexpectedly traded by the Utah Jazz at last year's trade deadline, will return to the New Jersey Nets franchise as they make their highly-anticipated move to Brooklyn.
Williams plans to opt-out of the final year of his contract and test the free-agency waters, but at the moment all signs point to the race for Williams' services coming down to the Nets and the Dallas Mavericks.
The Nets finished at a disappointing 22-44 in this lockout shortened season, but that was the product of a rash of injuries that seriously depleted their roster and this team could very well be a playoff contender if they can keep Williams and build around him long-term.
With Mikhail Prokhorov appearing committed to bringing the Nets back to NBA relevancy for the first time in half a decade, it is imperative that the ballclub finds a way to retain Williams and make him the centerpiece of the franchise's new chapter.
Without further ado, let's look at 10 reasons the Nets must keep Deron Williams on board...