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Free agent type: Unrestricted
2011-2012 team: New Jersey Nets
And now for the grand prize this offseason—Deron Williams.
What we do know is that the race for the three-time all-star point guard is down to Brooklyn and Dallas. But just as the free agency period begins, we don't know which team it'll be.
The general consensus around the decision has Williams sitting on a 50-50 split. If he chooses Brooklyn, Williams will have a refurbished franchise to lead for a number of years to come. If he goes with Dallas, he'll be returning to his hometown and will be right in the middle of title contention on a very capable Mavericks roster.
Although instant championship contention may appeal to the 28-year-old, I believe he chooses to return to the Nets. Knowing Deron is the make or break player that'll either propel or set back the entire franchise, the Nets front office will vigorously pursue some top-notch talent to add alongside him.
The Nets are currently trying to swing a deal for Atlanta guard Joe Johnson and will certainly be in the mix for acquiring Orlando's Dwight Howard. So the effort to transform this team is there.
Whether it be through a trade or even next year's free agency period, Howard will ultimately pair up with Williams to headline the Brooklyn-bound organization.
Williams will be going to a new city. Luckily for the Nets, it'll be the city they're setting up shop in for the upcoming season.
2012-2013 team: Brooklyn Nets