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Deron Williams Has Patience

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ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 30:  Jannero Pargo #7 of the Atlanta Hawks defends against Deron Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets at Philips Arena on December 30, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 30: Jannero Pargo #7 of the Atlanta Hawks defends against Deron Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets at Philips Arena on December 30, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Think of it this way: Deron Williams still hasn't said a thing to indicate he's thinking of leaving the Nets at year's end. In fact, he's endorsed Billy King's strategy, saying, "there's a bigger picture." That hasn't stopped a number of writers from suggesting the end of his Nets' career is measured in weeks or months.

Alex Raskin, writing this time for HoopsWorld, notes that a lot of things in discussing the latest woe-is-me stories on the Nets' chances of keeping D-Will and acquiring Dwight Howard.

Bottom line (as we've discussed) is Williams' role in the Nets' planning: "In talking with people inside and outside the Nets organization, it’s clear that Williams is willing to be patient. He’s been engaged in all big-picture discussions and he’s encouraged the team to maintain roster flexibility with an eye toward next summer’s free agency period".