Last season, the Nets took a huge risk by trading a lot of young talent and draft picks for Deron Williams. He made it very clear he would consider staying with the Nets long-term, but was not willing to discuss a contract extension until after he became a free agent next offseason.
Deron has gone to Brooklyn and said he loved the new arena. He’s schmoozed with majority owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, and part owner, Jay-Z, and raved about their vision and direction for the team’s future. He’s said all the right things about the Nets and his future there.
But the bottom line is, without a superstar to play with on the Nets, Deron is gone. When asked the other day how he felt about talks of Dwight to the Nets slowing down, Deron completely dodged the question.
“We got a team right here that’s going to play basketball,'' Williams said. "We didn’t let that affect us before, we’re not going to let that affect us now. If something happens, it happens. If something doesn’t, doesn’t.”
Sounds like a man who’s not too worried about his future, but if you think about it, why should he be? If the Nets get Dwight Howard or any other superstar, then awesome. He’ll stay and make a title run in Brooklyn with one of the best team’s in the East.
If the Nets don’t add anyone, not a big deal either. He’ll just be the most sought after free agent in the class and get paid a maximum contract by the team of his choosing. Sounds like a win-win to me.
The only thing that is for sure though is that Deron is definitely paying attention to what’s going on in the league around him and will not be left as the lone superstar on any team. When asked about Chris Paul and his recent trade to the Clippers, Deron had a strong opinion on this trade.
"I think they’re definitely better," Williams said of the Clippers. "Don’t get me wrong, Eric Gordon (the point guard and one of three players who went to New Orleans, along with Minnesota's first round pick, in the deal) is a good player. But CP3 is just going make things that much easier for Blake (Griffin), for DeAndre (Jordan). They added Caron (Butler, through free agency), which is a big pick up for them. They can slide Mo Williams over to the 2. They just changed the whole dynamic of the team. With Chris Paul in there it makes life easier for everybody."
Deron was supposed to come in and be the savior, but for all Nets’ fans sake, Prokhorov better pair a star up with Deron quick or they may be seeing another season like the 12-70 season they suffered two years ago, before they see another title run.