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Deron Williams Says He's Still Undecided, Will Make "Basketball Decision"

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Deron Williams spoke with ESPN's J.A. Adande on Tuesday, further clarifying his thoughts on free agency. Williams said that he hasn't made a decision yet and that the decision he eventually makes will be "a basketball decision." He also said staying with the Nets and opening Barclays Center is "still a possibility, still a strong possibility."

Williams also hinted that the Nets could make some moves "on draft day." But he said he doesn't want to be making the team's decisions for them. "I'm not trying to be the GM," he said. "I've told Billy [King] on many occasions they've got to do what's best for them."

Meanwhile, Williams told the L.A. Times that the season has been tough. "There's been some ups and downs," he said. "I've lost my head a couple times throughout the season because I'm so competitive and I can't stand losing. But for the most part, I bring it every night and lead by example and keep these guys together."

Full transcript of the Adande interview after the jump...

Opting out doesn't mean you're leaving the Nets...
"I haven't decided what I'm going to do or know what I'm going to do. I've maintained the same stance pretty much all year that I'm just gonna play this year out, continue to try to win as many basketball games as possible, and make the decision when the time is right."

On having input with the Nets...
"I'm not trying to be the GM. I joke a lot about it, but I don't want to be the GM. I've told Billy on many occasions they've gotta do what's best for them. If I feel like if we have a chance to get a player, I'll tell him what I feel about that player, but I think every team, you have that option."

On the move to Brooklyn...
"There's a lot of things that attract me to Brooklyn and staying with the Nets. And that's still a possibility, still a strong possibility. I've never shot that down or put that past me. I'm just going to, like I said, wait and see what happens at the end of the season. On draft day, there could be some things that happen, so I can't tell until all those things go down."

On living in New York...
"It's been great. My family has enjoyed it. I've enjoyed it. It's been different, but it's been fun. It's been an adventure. And I'm enjoying living in the city."

What the decision will ultimately come down to...
"I'm going to make a basketball decision. I want to win, first and foremost. So wherever I feel like I have a chance to do that and compete in the next couple of years, that's where I'm going to be."