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Deron Williams Will Still Be a Free Agent This Summer

February 24, 2012; Orlando FL, USA;  Eastern Conference guard Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets during the East all-stars press conference at the Hilton Orlando. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
February 24, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; Eastern Conference guard Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets during the East all-stars press conference at the Hilton Orlando. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

"It's not monkey-see, monkey-do," Deron Williams told Stefan Bondy at shootaround in Orlando on Friday, clarifying that Dwight Howard's decision to stay with the Magic one more year won't affect Williams' choice to become a free agent this summer. He told Bondy and Fred Kerber that the team he chooses will be the one he wants to retire with.

Meanwhile, on WFAN, Billy King said that he has no intention of asking Williams to op-in for next season. "Why would I ask him to take a one-year deal," King said, "when he can get a five-year deal and get security for his family." In other news, King said the Nets are discussing extending Gerald Green for the rest of this season and possibly next. Green's second 10-day contract runs out over the weekend.

King added that his confidence that Williams will re-sign with the Nets is "very high." Williams is questionable to play Friday in Orlando, so Sundiata Gaines may start at point guard, because Jordan Farmar is out with a sore groin.