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Friday, March 16, 2012
Report: Deron Williams to opt out, become free agent

By Mike Mazzeo


New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams will not be waiving his early termination option like Magic center Dwight Howard just did, according to a report, and intends to opt out and become a free agent at the end of the season.

"I'm not going to opt-in. It's not monkey-see, monkey-do," Williams told the New York Daily News on Friday morning. "Wherever I go is hopefully where I'm going to retire."

Williams was unwilling to compare his situation to Howard's. The Magic center changed his mind several times on Wednesday before ultimately deciding to stay in Orlando through 2012-13.

"I'm not (going through the same things) because I've said all year I'm going to play this whole year out and see what happens," Williams, who announced his intentions to opt out through his agent before the 2011-12 season began, told the newspaper. "So I haven't been flip-flopping and gone back-and-forth. It's not even close to being the same situation."

The Dallas Mavericks are expected to pursue Williams, who grew up in a Dallas suburb, but Nets general manager Billy King doesn't seem concerned.

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