NBA Free Agency 2012: Phil Jackson, Not Deron Williams, Is Hottest Name on Block

Matt Shetler@@buccos12Correspondent IJune 4, 2012

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With the beginning of the NBA offseason about three weeks away, it's always fun to take a look at where the biggest names on the block will be heading.

But with a weak overall class of free agents, is it possible that a former coach is the hottest name on the market and not a current player?

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams is the biggest name available, but his future plans could be overshadowed by whether or not Phil Jackson decides to return to coaching.

When it comes to Williams, there really isn't much intrigue about his plans. 

He either stays in Brooklyn or there are only one or two teams that make much sense for him to go to as a free agent, and one of those is the Dallas Mavericks. There could be the possibility of a sign-and-trade with a team like the Los Angeles Lakers, but other than two or three teams, the rumor mill won't exactly go crazy with different Williams possibilities.

As far as Jackson, no one knows for sure if he wants to return to coaching, but the intrigue around the New York Knicks coaching job and the Orlando Magic front office job already has Jackson's name being talked about more than any upcoming free agent available.

There's plenty more to discuss about Jackson besides whether he will return to coaching or not.

Is a Lakers reunion a possibility? If the Miami Heat don't win the championship and part ways with Erik Spoelstra, could Jackson be a fit there?

There are so many more possibilities that could result from a Jackson return than there really are surrounding Williams.

Also consider that Jackson has a championship resume and Williams does not.

That's probably the biggest reason why Jackson is the hotter name.

Signing Williams makes a team better, but it doesn't make it an instant title contender by any stretch.

There's still weeks to come before free agents will make their decisions on their futures, but this offseason, it may be worth paying attention to what Jackson is going to do instead of any free agent on the block.