NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 23: Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets stands on the court during a timeout against the Philadelphia 76ers at Prudential Center on April 23, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. Tonight's game is the last home game the Nets will play in New Jersey since the franchise will being moving to play at the Barclays Center in the New York City Borough of Brooklyn for the 2012-13 NBA season. starting in theNOTE 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 Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
This is going take some time. Ric Bucher reports that Deron Williams will meet with representatives of the Nets and Mavericks on Monday as he decides on where he will play next season. Although there is no deadline for Williams to make up his mind, he has said he would like to have things out of the way before the opening of Olympic tryouts Friday.
He cannot sign a contract until July 11 but it's expected that he will make up his mind and announce it this week, perhaps by July 4, Wednesday.
Bucher indicates as well that Jason Kidd will follow Williams wherever he goes. "Another source with business ties to both Kidd and Williams says that the two already have decided to play together for the Nets next season. However, multiple sources say Williams is still torn about his decision," Bucher reported.
In tweets, John Hollinger and in his blog, Tim Bontemps write that if it is a package deal, then it's likely to be the Nets since Brooklyn can pay Kidd more than Dallas. On Wednesday, Chris Broussard, quoting "sources", wrote the Nets point guard Williams "is not planning to visit or meet with any teams once the league allows clubs to begin recruiting players."
- .Source: D-Will to meet reps Monday - Ric Bucher - ESPN
- Financially, Nets have best shot for Deron-Kidd package - Tim Bontemps - New York Post
- Deron Williams likely to follow the money back to the Nets - Mitch Lawrence - New York Daily News
Returning to Normalcy With Free-Agent Frenzy in N.B.A. - Howard Beck - New York Times