Hey, do you want to know the least surprising news in the world? Deron Williams is going to become a free agent this summer, rather than picking up his 2012-13 option with the New Jersey Nets.

Aren’t you shocked? No? Not at all? I didn’t think so.

But if you were the least bit curious if he had any plans to stick around for the move to Brooklyn, maybe this will change your mind. From Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears:

“People get traded all the time,” Williams told Yahoo! Sports. “They don’t get backlash as an organization. If [players] leave, we are not loyal, we are ungrateful. People say stuff to me on Twitter. They already think I’m gone. They are out there bashing me, saying to me I’m a traitor.

“I didn’t ask to be here. I got traded. I didn’t come here being a free agent. This is the first time that I’m a free agent in my career.”

And this, when asked if Dwight Howard coming to New Jersey would have changed his mind about staying with the Nets.

“Oh yeah, it definitely would have changed things. I’ve already made it known that if he would have come I probably would have stayed.”

So other than the fact that Deron Williams is now on record as saying he didn’t ask to be in New Jersey, that he considers himself a free agent when there is still technically a way he could re-up with the Nets, that he is going to be giving up money to test the market, and that a Dwight Howard trade would have “changed things” and made him want to stay, things look pretty good for the Nets. I mean, they only traded Derrick Favors, the pick that became Enes Kanter and the Warriors’ first round pick this year as long as it’s not in the top seven for a (shortened) season and a half of Deron Williams, then compounded things by trading expiring contracts and ANOTHER first round pick this year for Gerald Wallace, who could opt out at the end of this season. That’s just four lottery picks in exchange for 94 guaranteed games* from Williams and Wallace. No big deal. Excellent rebuilding strategy.

As Deeks said at the trade deadline, the Gerald Wallace trade was about keeping Deron Williams around — probably why Williams calls himself the Nets’ “assistant GM” — in the hopes that they could convince Dwight Howard to come to Brooklyn when he is actually ready to leave the Magic. But if Deron leaves, like Deeks said, the Nets have nothing — no elite players, no assets and no plan for getting better any time soon. And since it sure seems like Deron is headed out that door, that worst case scenario is looking mighty likely.

Fun time to be a Nets fan.

*Williams’ games last year + Williams’ games this year + Wallace’s games this year + (Remaining Nets games x 2) = 94 games, assuming Wallace declines his player option for next season

Comments (11)

  1. Lol what a fuckin’ disaster. Not so bad being a raps fan after all

  2. Any insight or information into how much Billy King and friends of Stern pushed for these moves as opposed to an owner directive? I thought those management guys were installed to make sure that Prokhorov had the right kind of basketball experience around him. Seems like all these guys who couldn’t get a job without being installed may have blown up the franchise for the foreseeable future. And if I recall correctly, the Nets buy was all about getting ownership of a land deal anyway so it was never about the team, so the only losers here are the fans. As always.

  3. wow nets are screwed!!! i love it

  4. It does suck to be a Nets fan. And even though D-Will has a chance to sign an extension right now, it wouldn’t make any financial sense to. He wouldn’t be able to maximize the numbers of years he could get relative to opting out and signing a five-year contract. And, of course, the Nets can offer him both the most years and most total money. BUT IT MEANS NOTHING apparently! (Hides face in shame and from others seeing the tears fall)

  5. Hov about to lace up those Reebok S. Carter’s and play SF.

  6. … and Derrick Favors is a future monster. Billy King’s incompetence knows no bounds.

  7. It’s easy to criticise a gamble that went wrong, but if everything went right for the Nets they’d have two genuine superstars and a brand new building to play in.

    NBA GMing is all or nothing – Nets went for all and got nothing, but that doesn’t make them wrong to have gambled.

    • Agreed. It wasn’t a horrible gamble, Star players are limited and teams need to take that risk sometimes.

      Since the D-Will trade to the Nets came from out of nowhere I wouldn’t just yet count out this Russian owner’s ability to keep him there. Players say crap during the season all the time. Like remember that time Vince Carter told reporters that he wasn’t going to dunk anymore? Or, remember that time when Dwight Howard told everyone that he wanted to traded?

  8. Well, look at the Utah Jazz. They are going to be a playoff team with all of those Nets players. Oops.

  9. sure seems like Deron is headed out that door, that worst case scenario is looking mighty likely.

  10. Lol yeah looks like it really turned bad for the Nets. Hater gonna hate.

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