Wednesday, May 30, 2012
[UPDATED] D-Will denies D12 report
By Mike Mazzeo
Getty ImagesDeron Williams denied a Yahoo! Sports report that said he won’t re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets unless they get Dwight Howard.
Will D-Will stay with the Nets if D12 doesn't come to Brooklyn? Stay tuned.
"I would love to know who Adrian Wojnarowski source is bc he knows more about what I'm thinking then I do," Williams tweeted today. "maybe they can help me decide?"
League sources told Yahoo! that even if the Nets win the NBA draft lottery tonight, get the No. 1 pick and take Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, it won’t be enough to keep Williams, who intends to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
The Nets, who also denied the report, would be willing to trade the No. 1 pick for Howard in order to keep Williams, according to Yahoo! Sports.
The Nets have a 7.5 percent chance of winning the lottery and getting the top overall selection.
They traded their 2012 first round pick to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for small forward Gerald Wallace, but put a top-3 protection on it. They have a 25 percent chance of retaining their pick.
According to the report, Howard regrets forgoing his early termination option and staying with the Orlando Magic through next season, and wants to be traded before the start of the 2012-13 campaign.
The Nets went all-in in an attempt to trade for Howard and pair him with Williams before Howard elected to stay in Orlando.
Williams has reiterated that he’d like to stay with the Nets, assuming they surround him with more talent.
The Nets went 22-44 last season. They’re moving into the $1 billion Barclays Center in 2012-13, and would love Williams to be their franchise player heading into their new arena.
The Nets can offer Williams more money than any other team, but Williams has said winning is his biggest priority.
Brooklyn’s roster is currently in flux. The Nets only have four players under contract for next season: Johan Petro, MarShon Brooks, Jordan Williams and Anthony Morrow.
Cornerstone Brook Lopez is a restricted free agent, but has said he’d like to be back and the Nets are likely to re-sign him.
Power forward Kris Humphries will be an unrestricted free agent and Wallace has until June 13 to decide on a $9.5 million player option. But Wallace has said he does not want to play on a one-year contract, and Nets GM Billy King believes Wallace deserves a multiyear deal.
King traded for Wallace -- in what many felt was a risky move given the potential ramifications -- because he felt he could help convince Williams to stay.