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I’ve heard this position a few times, from a few smart folks: Mikhail Prokhorov is praying for a season, because without one, he’ll lose Deron Williams. But that’s not necessarily true. Firstly, it would cripple the franchise if Williams exercised his opt-out and left no matter what happens with this season. Barring something completely unexpected — good or bad — Deron’s decision isn’t impacted by this season’s results. It’s impacted both by what the Nets can build for 2012 on and what kind of money he stands to make in the new CBA — which assuredly would favor him staying put.

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