I don't know about any of you, but I'm having a really hard time getting behind D-Will. Usually when I'm watching the Nets, I love and support every single player, but I'm not really sure what to make of Deron. The reason for this is because none of us really know if we can trust the guy. He has said all of the right things about liking the organization and envisioning a future in Brooklyn, but at the end of the day, actions speak louder than words. He will be testing the waters of free agency (which is understandable because of the monetary advantages) though it would not surprise me at all if D-Will walks to Dallas without thinking twice about it. In that scenario, which each of us fears and have talked ad nauseam about on the board, we would be like Cleveland and Toronto. Our superstar would be gone.
Just watching D-Will play makes me fearful that he is gone. He seems visibly frustrated with other Nets players when he is on the floor. I have observed this both on television and in person when I've watched him play. He does not hesitate to chew out or criticize his teammates while he is on the floor with them. Maybe that's his playing style and he did that in Utah too - I honestly don't know - but D-Will does not seem too pleased with his supporting cast.
Additionally, D-Will is no Jason Kidd when it comes to being a pass first point guard. Deron takes a ton of shots, many of which I think are ill advised. I am far from a professional basketball player, but I really feel that he should distribute the ball more. He takes the game into his own hands too many times. Sometimes it pays off, but most of the time it does not. I again think his desire to take most of the shots stems from his feelings that he does not have a supporting cast. It sucks, but D-Will really does not come across as a team player or a leader when you watch him (or at least from my vantage point).
Billy King made a bold move by trading for Gerald Wallace last week. Many of us do not know what to think of this move and I am confident that many would argue that the loss of our draft pick made this trade a foolish one. Nevertheless, I love watching Gerald Wallace play. The guy is all heart, hustle, and defense. He is incredibly exciting and is swiftly becoming my favorite Net. It is going to take more than an aging small forward in the tail end of his career to fix this franchise, but I think Wallace's veteran leadership is certainly welcome and needed in this Nets organization. We are far from contenders, but we have some nice pieces in Wallace, Lopez, Brooks, Humphries, Morrow, and Green. I really hope that we can retain these guys and make an effort to pick up some more pieces leading into Brooklyn. The team is becoming more exciting and hopefully better, but it is still a work in progress.
When it comes to Williams, as a fan, I just want to KNOW what is going to happen with him so we can either pick up the pieces or begin to trust him. Maybe other people on this website are completely behind him, I don't know, but every time I wear my Nets D-Will jersey I feel self conscious. I don't know if the guy wants to be here or is going to bounce. It is hard to root for him and it is hard to support him. I can't help but place the speculation of his longevity on his game whenever I watch him play. I would just like to see some immediate resolve to this situation. I'd like to know if he's staying or see him exit as soon as possible. If he does exit, we can then pick up the pieces and move forward into Brooklyn. It would not be the best situation, but we will survive, and our survival as true, suffering Nets fans will hopefully make our eventual victory even sweeter.
If the inevitable happens, however, and D-Will leaves, I am curious who you think we could go after. Who would our plan Z be? Are there any point guards out there who we could realistically get who could lead this franchise to victory? What are your thoughts?