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Money Is Big Help In Keeping D-Will

As the new CBA gets written, one thing is for certain: it will be increasingly more difficult for superstars to combine into superteams and the teams that have them in place already start the new era in better shape than those who want them.

Nets brass like what they see who far in the summary of the tentative deal distributed to teams Saturday. While there may still be sign-and-trade and extend-and-trade provisions, the advantages are now tilted even more towards a player's home team. The Nets can sign Deron Williams to an extension that will grant him more than $100 million over five years, including raises of 7.5%. A sign-and-trade is limited to four years and 4.5% raises. An extend-and-trade will last only three years with 4.5% raises. In the case of Williams, that's an advantage to the home team of $25 to $30 million, say league executives.

Of course the Nets need to get him players, particularly during the crucial free agency that starts December 9 and at the trade deadline, now set for sometime in March. All the familiar names are being mentioned, starting with Tyson Chandler, Nene, Tayshaun Prince, Caron Butler, Jamal Crawford, Shane Battier, Kris Humphries,and oh yeah, a guy who currently plays in Orlando, Dwight Howard.