After endless speculation and debate, Deron Williams has decided to decline his player option of $17.7 million for next season with the Brooklyn Nets in order to officially become a free agent on July 1. This move wasn’t much of a surprise as it was practically a guarantee that without Dwight Howard being traded to New Jersey, Williams would elect to opt-out and test free agency.
Even though Williams will become the hottest commodity on the NBA free agent market in July, the elite point guard has narrowed down his options to re-signing with the Nets or inking a long-term deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
The consensus has been that Williams will sign a long-term contract with the team that can pay him the most money and give him the best chance to contend for an NBA title over the next five years or so. As for the best chance to win a title, the Mavs have the edge with a few more years left with Dirk Nowitzki running the show. In terms of money, the Nets definitely tilt the scales with as much as $100 million to offer this perennial All-Star.
Obviously, both teams offer intriguing options for Williams moving forward, but it is looking more and more likely that he’ll re-sign with the Nets to start a new era in Brooklyn.
After news broke of Williams deciding to become a free agent, the consensus was that Williams wasn’t going anywhere and would almost certainly stay with the Nets. The extremely lucrative contract that the Nets can offer the superstar guard is one thing, but starting a franchise off in a city like Brooklyn is another altogether with endorsements in New York sure to follow.
Despite not having made a decision in terms of free agency just yet, the Nets definitely appear to be in the driver’s seat moving forward.
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