Has Deron Williams completely ruled out picking up his Player Option for 2012-13?
We know he said he wasn't going to waive the clause the same way Dwight Howard did, but he can still pick up the player option if he wants to.
Deron says he already knows what he's going to do. If he does, then maybe he "knows" he's going to stay with the Nets, and the only question is, for how long? His two choices would be - 1) pick up player option for 2012-13 or 2) sign long-term deal with Nets.
That's wishful thinking, but it makes sense. Deron is making the biggest decision of his life -- where will he spend the prime years of his career? I think it's clear that while Dallas offers the allure of playing at home and playing with Dirk, the long-term potential of that team doesn't provide a lot of promise. The other options out there seem equally uncertain.
Meanwhile, Deron has seen glimpses of what the Nets team can do when healthy and has the chance to take a one year trial-run to see what they can do over a full season. More importantly - and this is the bigger draw to signing with Brooklyn - the Nets have the opportunity to make a HUGE mark in the sports world if they find success in the first few years, an opportunity that only comes once in a long while. You have to imagine Deron is intrigued by that possibility, so why not take a trial-run at it in 2012-13 and still have the option to leave if everything fails in year 1?
I have a feeling that Deron will end up picking up his player option this offseason and sticking around for one more year and $17.7 million, unless we do end up swinging a blockbuster trade for a second superstar, in which case he'll sign a long-term max contract.