Deron Williams Gives '90 Percent Chance' He Stays With Nets In 2012

Deron Williams will not sign a contract extension with the New Jersey Nets, but that's only for financial reasons. He now says there's a 90 percent chance he remains with the team in 2012.

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Deron Williams Gives '90 Percent Chance' He Stays With Nets

When we all said not to worry last week when Deron Williams said he would not be signing an extension with the New Jersey Nets this season, we meant it. Williams had no financial incentive to take an extension when he'd stand to add $30 million to that contract by becoming a free agent in 2012 and signing a new free agent deal with the Nets.

The All-Star point guard reiterated the basis for his decision in an interview with WFAN on Monday, and John Schuhmann tweeted some more D-Will candy for Nets fans (via PBT):

Williams is asked what's the % chance he stays with the Nets: "I'd probably say like 90 percent."

Keeping Williams would be huge for the Nets as the team enters Brooklyn for the start of the 2012-13 season. To ensure that 90 percent probability becomes reality, though, GM Billy King needs to vastly improve the rotation around Williams. That begins Friday as free agency opens.


Deron Williams Eligible For An Additional $30 Million By Declining Nets' Contract Extension

By declining the New Jersey Nets' max contract extension offer, Deron Williams is eligible for an additional $30 million in guaranteed salary, provided he signs with the Nets as an unrestricted free agent in 2012.

NetsDaily has done the math. Under the new collective bargaining agreement -- which still hasn't been set in stone -- the Nets can currently offer Williams a two-year extension on his existing contract, which would pay out $39 million over 2013-14 and 2014-15. He's owed $31 million over 2011-12 and 2012-13, provided he would pick up the player option required to extend at this point.

If he instead waits for free agency, he can sign a $100 million contract for five seasons.

Williams could also, of course, choose another team in free agency, or request that the Nets trade him by the deadline. His situation remains completely fluid, and there's a good amount of pressure on Nets GM Billy King to add some firepower to the team before opening night to keep Williams from thinking the team is stuck in lose mode.

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