Broussard: D-Will Prefers Nets, But

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 21: Deron Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets drives against Toney Douglas #23 of the New York Knicks during their pre season game at Madison Square Garden on December 21, 2011 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

In the latest ESPN assault on Nets fans dreams, Chris Broussard reports that "Deron Williams' first choice is to stay with the Nets and to build something special in Brooklyn, but if it doesn't work out with his current team, his short list of desirable destinations includes the Mavericks, the Knicks and the Lakers, according to sources close to the situation".

Citing multiple sources throughout his report, Broussard paints a mostly negative portrait of the Nets' future, that D-Will is only likely to stay if the Nets somehow acquire Dwight Howard, either through a trade or free agency and if the Nets fail, they can be expected to market Williams throughout the league.

"If Howard does go elsewhere, the Nets will be faced with the same dilemma New Orleans faced in moving Chris Paul -- finding a trade partner that Williams will sign with long term because few, if any, teams will be willing to part with major assets for a two-month rental," Broussard writes. His top choice, says Broussard, could be the Knicks, but the Nets would have to agree to a trade since the Knicks (and the Lakers) have no cap space.

In subsequent tweets, Stefan Bondy recalled what Williams told beat writers last month, "It’d be tough to leave (the Nets) and go there … It’s unlikely. It’s unlikely. Anything is possible, I guess. I could sign with the Timberwolves if I wanted to play with Kevin Love.”

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