Imagine Deron Williams wound up passing on the 5 year, max offer that the Nets offered to him? How the Nets organization would have been in complete disarray knowing that the team they pictured wasn’t going to happen? Well, it was much closer than you can imagine.
Ever since the end of last season, the Nets pictured opening up at Barclays Center with superstars like Deron Williams and Dwight Howard on their team. Brooklyn knew in order for this to happen, GM Billy King would have to re-sign the prized point guard. It wasn’t easy as Mark Cuban and his Mavericks stood in the way. In the end, Williams tweeted the Brooklyn Nets’ new logo as it represented him staying in New York. If you asked Deron Williams where he would be playing next season just hours before that tweet sent, you would have been surprised. He was actually ready to sign with Dallas! But, thankfully, Nets GM Billy King came through.
It was Joe Johnson who changed Williams’ mind. Even though Deron Williams would of loved to play in front of his family, he couldn’t pass up the scheme Mikhail Prokhorov and Billy King are putting together. Williams told reporters at the USA training camp in Las Vegas: “Joe got me over the hump. I’ve never played with anybody like him, a guy on the wing that can get his own shot and also get me involved and is a great defender. We can have one of the top backcourts in the NBA for sure.”
Phew. Now that was closer than we all thought. Honestly, I thought Williams wouldn’t return to the Nets. Playing for your hometown is a special feeling. I’m glad that Williams woke up and smelled the coffee. Brooklyn is trying to do something special and for a player not wanting to be part of it has to be out of his mind. Johnson is a great player and he and Williams should see much success this season. Now they can concentrate on getting that superhero from Orlando. That would be magic.