March 6, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams (8) reacts to a foul called on the Nets in the first quarter at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE
Billy King says he is letting his staff take responsibility for the Draft Thursday night. He's focusing on what comes next, the start of NBA free agency and the chance to sign both Deron Williams and Gerald Wallace and lay the groundwork for Brook Lopez and whoever else they've targeted, from Brooklyn to Bosnia.
But make no mistake. King has his priorities straight. It's all about Williams. "It is big," King said Wednesday at the PNY center. "I won’t downplay it."
Or as Brett Yormark told Howard Beck, "Star power sells in this city, There’s no question about it," before adding, "But we’re in it for the long haul, and we’ve got to build pragmatically."
Meanwhile, in Dallas, Delonte West lived up to his reputation for whackiness by tweeting a string of recruiting messages to Williams, talking about how with him and Dirk Nowtizki the Mavs could win the West. Problem is West is a free agent and unlikely to be back in Dallas next season if they were able to sign Williams.
- Rebranded and Relocated, the Nets Are Desperate to Re-Sign Williams - Howard Beck - New York Times
- Deron Williams officially declines option with Brooklyn Nets - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Nets Draft: With only one selection, Billy King's priority is free agents - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
Deron will be in Brooklyn for opener, especially if Dwight can be lured there as well - Peter Vecsey - New York Post
- Nets know Williams’ decision will affect future of the franchise - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- King talks Nets' draft, Deron, free agency - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
Delonte West recruits Deron Williams on Twitter - ESPN DFW