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Exit Interviews: Deron Williams may get surgery on his ankles; Andray Blatche to 'opt out' of his deal

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On Wednesday night the Brooklyn Nets season ended, as they fell to the Miami Heat 96-94, losing their Eastern Conference SemiFinals matchup 4-1. Then, on Thursday, they held their "exit interviews," in which a few notable news items came from, including an update of sorts on Deron Williams ankles and Andray Blatche announcing he is opting out of his 2014-15 deal, making him a free agent this summer.

First, on Deron Williams.

Williams also hinted that part of his decision would rest on concern that he's been getting too many cortisone shots the last two years.

Williams also said that he felt as if he "let people down," as he struggled in these playoffs to live up to the expectations put on him.

Of course, Williams has three more years and around $63 million left on his contract.

On Blatche:

It was expected that Blatche would opt out, since he was signed for just $1.43 million next season. However, it does get a little complicated, since the Wizards still owe him $8.4 million in amnesty payments next season. So, the main reason for opting out is simple: long-term security.

The Nets do own Blatche's Early Bird Rights, which means that they can give him more money in the long-term (as well as security), while his payments in this next season will be subsidized by his Wizards contract.

Yes, while he is becoming a free agent, which is the right move for him, he does want to come back to the Nets next season, so we'll see if he can work out a new deal this summer to remain in Brooklyn. They can offer him a deal "up to" four years, $25 million.

In more Blatche-like, Blatche-related news:


In the post-game Wednesday, Andrei Kirilenko said that he too might explore other options.

He has a player option, like Blatche and Alan Anderson.  No word from Anderson. As for Jason Collins, it appears he will be leaving the NBA to work on his "Be True" campaign.

Finally, Billy King was asked whether Bojan Bogdanovic, the 6'8" Croatian swingman he drafted three years ago, remains an option. Various European reports have him staying with his Turkish team for another two years.

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