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On the brink of likely becoming an unrestricted free agent this Sunday, three-time All Star point guard Deron Williams’ uncertainty over what team he will join this summer hasn’t been commanding quite the amount of non-stop attention that Magic center Dwight Howard did this past season.
But Williams’ ability to maintain a relatively low profile throughout the year and up to this point doesn’t mean that his final decision won’t be felt throughout the league for years to come. Which is exactly why many are attempting to decode any potential significance behind him openly revealing through Instagram and Twitter that he was spending some quality time with Dallas Mavericks – not to mention former Nets – point guard Jason Kidd.
The two were out playing golf on Long Island that morning, and Williams thought it wouldn’t hurt to stir the pot just a little bit.
“Just finished playing East Hampton Golf Club w/ @RealJasonKidd let the speculation begin?????” tweeted Williams shortly after posting the picture.
Earlier in the week it was reported that Williams has narrowed his destination options down to two – either choosing to remain with the newly relocated Brooklyn Nets, or to make his way to Texas to become a part of his hometown Dallas Mavericks. If this holds true it would knock teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks – who were rumored to have a great deal of interest – out of contention for acquiring his services.
It would be easy to assume that the golf outing was Kidd’s method of recruiting Williams to sign with Dallas, but considering the fact that over the past few weeks he has expressed open mindedness to the idea of backing up Williams on either of the two squads he’s contemplating, Williams might just be doing the same with Kidd and Brooklyn.
With a depleted roster that currently has only four players under contract – forward Jordan Williams, center Johan Petro and guards Anthony Morrow and Marshon Brooks – the Nets are more than desperate to hold onto their star point guard, as they hope that he can eventually get them to the same place Kidd got them back in 2002 and 2003: the Finals.
Throw in a brand new arena in New York City and an even greater need to compete with the vastly improved Knicks on top of that as well and the Nets are outright praying for Williams to sign a long-term deal with them.
Brooklyn hopes to have its prayers answered by sometime next week. Until then, let the fun continue.
Image Courtesy of Deron Williams