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Bondy: Deron Williams was restrained from going after Lionel Hollins

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According to Marc Stein and confirmed by NetsDaily, the Brooklyn Nets and Deron Williams are discussing a buyout deal that would end Williams' tenure in Brooklyn and, possibly, begin his new life as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.

Tension has been high for some time now, as Williams hasn't lived up to his superstar status as a member of the Nets, but how bad is it really between D-Will and the organization?

How about really, really REALLY BAD.

Hollins, 61, is coming off his first season as the head coach of the Nets and, arguably, one of the top handful of coaches you'd probably not want to start a fight with. Or, at least one of the handful of coaches who would stand down from a fight.

More from Bondy, who has reported in the past on the idea that the Nets might look to part ways with Williams:

This won't end well. It can't.

Williams has drawn a line in the sand, so it seems, and the Nets have to respond. They have to. So, stay tuned.