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Nets Only 5-Star D-Will Destination?

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March 31, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams (8) is introduced before the start of the game against the Sacramento Kings at the Power Balance Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE
March 31, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams (8) is introduced before the start of the game against the Sacramento Kings at the Power Balance Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

Bradford Doolittle is editor of the prestigious Basketball Prospectus, the annual team-by-team, player-by-player analysis. Writing for ESPN Insider, Doolittle breaks down the chances of all 30 teams to land Deron Williams. He concludes there is only one 5-star destination, the "one made in NBA Heaven", the Nets.

"When you pare down the list, you can't help but agree with the consensus: There really are just a couple of likely landing spots for Williams," Doolittle writes. "Certainly a return to the Nets is one of those possible choices. Williams has claimed to like living in New York, and the Nets can offer him the most years and guaranteed dollars -- $25 million more of the latter at the bottom line."

There are of course pitfalls, the Nets' record since acquiring Williams, and Doolittle thinks acquiring Dwight Howard, without a top three pick will be difficult. "It's hard to see that happening, but then again, the Magic's options may be extremely limited." Dallas? Doolittle says the Mavericks are the only 4-star destination.