Nets park sign at D-Will's house

Updated: June 27, 2012, 9:13 AM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

Deron Williams turned 28 on Tuesday, so the Brooklyn Nets decided to park a massive sign in front of his Manhattan house to wish him a happy birthday.

Williams' wife, Amy, tweeted a picture of the black and white sign, which reads, "HAPPY BIRTHDAY DERON! from your Brooklyn family" and features the Nets' new logo.

The Nets are hoping to give Williams an even better present on July 1 when he becomes a free agent: a max contract extension.

Williams is expected to opt out of his contract and officially become an unrestricted free agent at midnight July 1.

Sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that Williams is only interested in re-signing with the Nets or playing for his hometown Dallas Mavericks.

The Nets are confident that they can keep Williams despite the uncertainty surrounding their roster.

They currently have only four players under contract -- Anthony Morrow, MarShon Brooks, Jordan Williams and Johan Petro -- and a second-round pick (No. 57 overall) in the 2012 NBA draft.

But they are expected to be very active in the offseason in trying to put the right pieces around Williams, assuming they can retain him.

The Nets have said they want to re-sign both restricted free-agent center Brook Lopez and unrestricted free-agent forward Gerald Wallace.

They also figure to be involved once again in trade talks for Williams' good friend, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor for ESPNNewYork.com.

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