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Report: Williams won't sign extension with Nets

Posted on: December 1, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 4:20 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Not surprising news in the slightest, big big nonetheless: According to The Record, Deron Williams will not sign an extension with the Nets and will just plan to play this season out.

Big news because that basically means it'll be open season on Williams in 2012 and the Nets will have to convince him he should stay. Not surprising because the Nets haven't done anything yet to impress him. Just talking about Dwight Howard and Nene really doesn't do a whole lot. Actions, not words, are what are going to impress Williams.

"Deron will not be signing the extension,” Jeff Schwartz told The Record. “Based on the new rules it doesn’t make any sense for him to sign the extension. It has nothing to do with how much he likes New Jersey. Because of the rules, he’s going to play the season out and probably opt out of his deal.”

But this just illustrates what a risk the Nets took last year when they decided to trade Derrick Favors, draft picks and Devin Harris for Williams despite not knowing if he'd stay with the team. The Nets wanted to make a big splash for when they moved to Brooklyn and wanted that cornerstone piece.

Problem is, that cornerstone piece might just be with the organization for one and half lame duck seasons before taking off and signing with Dallas, or someone else. Again, a serious risk taken by Billy King and the Nets.

It could still pay off though. This isn't the Carmelo Anthony situation. The Nets aren't going to be dealing Williams and still have a full season to bring him around. Their eggs are in his basket so they're going to be pushing for another big name to pair with him and won't just pull back and deal him. At least I wouldn't think that would be the plan.

King was asked Wednesday on WFAN in New York if he'd consider trading Williams if he didn't sign an extension. King's response: "Absolutely not."

“Fortunately I was around him quite a bit before July 1st and I felt pretty good," King said. "I still feel pretty good because we have a lot of things going for him. We got a brand new building that will be opening next season. He can be the face of a franchise in a major market, so I think there is a lot of positives in our situation for him. In the other situations those guys have been with those teams for awhile. They may want to look. They may not. I don’t know.”

If Williams makes it painfully clear he doesn't want to stay with the Nets though, shouldn't they just cut their losses and get something back? You'd think so, but again, King and the Nets are planning on Williams be their man for the future.

It could happen still. Don't think for a second that Williams passing now is a death sentence. Lots of time left, but Williams just wants to wait and see. Which is what he should do. In fact, Williams understands that himself. He tweeted this Thursday after all the noise broke earlier in the day:

He's right: He can make more in free agency than he could signing an extension. So why wouldn't he opt out and in the meantime, give himself some options?

Like I said, Williams was never planning on signing an extension before the season. The Nets had to do the due diligence and make the effort, but it wasn't happening. Not until Williams can be convinced that's an organization he wants to commit to long-term. And it very well could be. Billy King's got a year to make it look that way. The clock starts ticking now.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:36 pm

Report: Williams won't sign extension with Nets

One of the flaws of the CBA. No reason to blame Williams for making a business decision. One more year for the Blazers to try and make room with their expiring contracts. Wishful thinking but one can always hold out hope. 

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:27 am

Report: Williams won't sign extension with Nets

Baseball makes their players stick to their original teams for 6 years and low salaries. The first 3 years are at minimum pay, while years 4-5-6 are arbitrational years meaning the players can atleast get a decent size contract, but nothing rediculous.

And that makes you happy?  How would you like it if you job kept you at minimum wage for 6 years then gave you a little bump in years 4,5,6?  Why is it ridculous that players get a share of the profits?  If you generate 100's of millions for an owner you should get some of that too since you are the show.  I call that haterism.  Just because you cant earn that much money dont begrudge someone else.  its amazing how people are so jealous!!

Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:50 am

Report: Williams won't sign extension with Nets

In baseball, it is rare for one team to dominate the playoffs 2-3 years in a row, unlike Basketball where the same team wins titles 2-3 years in a row.
theres this team called the yankees.... you may have heard of them

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:35 pm

Report: Williams won't sign extension with Nets

you are 100% Right.  I think 5-6 teams haven't made the playoffs since 2000 and that is with only 4 teams per league getting to the playoffs every year.  If that isn't parity I dont know what is.  Baseball makes it work right because most players don't hit the FA market until about 30-31 which means they most likely have 3-4 good years left.  Now teams are getting smart and locking their younger players up so it makes FA markets even more dismal.  Look at this years, the best FA pitcher is CJ wilson...

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 10:10 pm

Report: Williams won't sign extension with Nets

Its funny how during the lockout we heard about the losses from vendors,stadium workers, downtown businesses, etc. etc. and how business would be down without the NBA. Now when the dust clears and there are 4 super teams and a bunch of leftovers how many stadiums do you think are gonna be actually filled watching bad basketball. With the star players all going to 3 or 4 teams I doubt that the leftover teams are going to be packing the house to watch bad basketball by sophmore and junior college quiters trying to make fast money. If I lived in New Jersey I would really have to be given tickets to go to a game and support players are already thinking ahead.

Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:25 pm
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Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:13 pm

Report: Williams won't sign extension with Nets

Hard to be a fan of this sport when it seems like it's been reduced to a group of superstar players trying to manipulate their way into playing on the same team.  The league will be down to 4 competitive teams and the rest will go out of business.  Maybe they can expand to add the Washington Generals.  

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:44 pm

Report: Williams won't sign extension with Nets

Bizona I agree with you too,  I don't necessarily think the Grizz or Thunder or Hawks would be an odds on favorite to win it all but its the NBA and it does take time to become a great team and it could happen.  Teams will stay around the upper echelon for a bit but they do fall off.  I don't think many people had the Mavs winning the title at the beginning of last year and it happened.  Dirk is the only superstar on that team, they have other good players though.  Granted there are lots of superstar filled teams and thats tough to get through but there are solid teams that have a chance to do some damage in the playoffs that have a core team built around a superstar.  I would like to see a Grizz or Thunder  win the title but yeah I agree its not the odds on favorite.  Even though the Bulls are not a small market team they only have one superstar and a great team around DRose and they were seeded first in the Eastern Conference playoffs last year.

And to the Rockets fan, I'm sorry.  There are no superstars on the Rockets.  You had Yao Ming and he was an absolute beast when healthy.  It's crazy how much more popular Yao Ming made the NBA all by himself, do you remember when he first came to the US? That was bonkers.

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:03 pm

Report: Williams won't sign extension with Nets

I have always been a Williams fan, but now I'm glad the Jazz made the trade with the Nets. Let them deal with him. He was never going to resign with the Jazz. I guess trying to replace John Stockon was more than he could handle. Good luck Nets, he is your problem now.

Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:35 pm

Report: Williams won't sign extension with Nets

Coming from a Rockets fan I'd liketo dispute that every team has a Superstar (in no world is Martin a superstar) Frown

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