Friday , Mar , 16 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Deron Williams on future with Nets: I’m not opting-in

“I’m not going to opt-in. It’s not monkey-see, monkey-do,” Williams told the Daily News. “Wherever I go is hopefully where I’m going to retire.”


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Dwight Howard’s opting-in. Deron Williams is opting-out.

Today, Williams confirmed he’ll exercise his option, leave $19 million on the table for a year’s work with the New Jersey Nets, and hit unrestricted free agent this July.

Williams will be free to sign with any team he likes. And the Nets won’t get compensation.

So the Nets must move quickly or the projected franchise face for their billion dollar Brooklyn stadium will be gone.

They have two options.

First, the Nets convince Williams to sign an extension by providing him with a supporting cast that can compete in the ultra competitive Western Conference.

Yesterday, the club acquired small forward Gerald Wallace from the Portland Trail Blazers; however, they paid a heavy price by giving up Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams, and what will likely be a mid lottery pick in the 2012 draft.

Second, they approach Williams about a sign-and-trade. In this scenario, Williams gets the most money by initially signing with the Nets and the club gets compensation back by trading him.

Doing nothing will result in one thing: Williams inking an extension with his hometown Dallas Mavericks.

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