Nets GM feels good about Deron Williams

May, 1, 2012
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In this ESPNNY.com story, Nets general manager Billy King expressed confidence in retaining guard Deron Williams, who will be a free-agent target of the Mavs in the offseason.

This excerpt from the story explains King's thinking on the matter:
"I feel pretty good [about being able to keep him]," King said. "I think I haven't wavered all year in my thought process.

"Our goal is to win. I consider him the best point guard in the league."

Williams hasn't ruled out signing a max contract extension with the Nets, assuming they put the right players around him. He's said the Nets need to add more veteran pieces to the roster.

That should be easier now, with the team slated to move into the $1 billion Barclays Center before the start of next season. While King said his greatest asset going into free agency was "money," he obviously was quick to mention the new arena and the new borough as well.

"We have cap space, and the potential to add more cap space," King said.

The Mavs will also have cap space to make a run at the former The Colony High School star.

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