- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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One thing Deron Williams knows for certain is that nobody knows which team he will sign with this summer.
Williams made that clear during an impromptu session with Nets beat writers Tuesday.
“I want to reiterate, I don’t know what I’m doing next year,” Williams said, according to the Bergen Record. “Still. Nobody does but me. Not even my mom, my brother, my uncle, my cousin. I haven’t talked to anybody about where I’m going next year.”
Williams hammered home the point that he hasn’t made a decision yet and was reportedly annoyed by the speculation that he will be picking between the Nets and Mavericks.
“I can’t know where I’m going to go because I haven’t talked to any teams, because I’m not allowed to talk to any teams,” Williams said. “So I haven’t had any contact with anybody, so there’s no decision to be made right now. I just hate that people think they know where I’m going, because I don’t know where I’m going. So there’s no way for them to know or assume that I’m going to Dallas or that I’m staying here. I don’t know. There could be another team that comes into the picture.”
Williams doesn’t want his every move before free agency opens on July 1 to be analyzed for clues on which way he’s leaning.
He said he continues to work out at the Nets facility as a matter of convenience, adding that he has sold his house in San Diego and is in the process of selling his house in Utah and that his children are in school until the end of next month. His recent trip to Europe, which included spending some time with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, was just a vacation.
“People say I’m staying here for sure because I went to Russia,” Williams said. “Yeah, I went to Russia. I’ve never been to Russia. [Former Jazz teammate Andrei Kirilenko has] been telling me to come to Russia for the last six years, so I went to Russia. It was close to Turkey. I went to Turkey because I love Turkey, I played there for three months, I wanted to see my teammates, I wanted to check out some games, so I went to Istanbul.”
Oh, and if you see Williams around the Metroplex over the next week, don’t read much into that, either.
“I’m from there,” Williams said. “My mom lives there. My brother lives there. My aunt, my uncles live there. I’m going there to have my son’s birthday party. I’m going Thursday through Tuesday.”
We’ll find out in July whether Williams will be back on a regular basis.