New Jersey Nets Analysis: Making Sense of the Deron Williams Situation

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By Cory Bernstein

Like most of us, Deron Williams enjoys making money.

Deron made headlines on ESPN today with the news from his agent that he will opt out of his current deal and become a free agent in 2012. At a first glance, this seems like doomsday for Nets fans. However, this is no big deal, as ESPN headlines: D-Will opting out makes it seem that he will not be a Net next season. However, Williams and his agent have simply done their homework and read the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

If D-Will were to sign with the Nets tomorrow, he would make seventy million dollars over the next four years. Not bad by any means, but if he decides to wait until free agency and then sign with the Nets, he would make one hundred million dollars over the next five years (the same four for seventy from a anyone else).

So if you were DW8, which one would you pick?

Williams tweeted today, “Don't know why people are tripping just bc I'm opting out doesn't mean that I won't resign with the nets! W/ new CBA it makes sense,” and he is 100% correct. It makes no sense to deprive himself of thirty million dollars for no reason. I still do believe that Deron Williams will be rocking a Nets jersey for years to come, and this does not worry me at all. What is troubling is the CP3-Melo-Amare dream team that looks likely across the Hudson River, but D-Will and Dwight Howard would be just fine. Mike’s edit: …or D-Will, Lopez and Howard. I’m still living the dream!

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