Deron Williams signed a five-year contract worth nearly $100 million with the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, injecting even more energy into an organization doing everything it can to revitalize its image this offseason. A lot will happen between now and the start of the 2012-13 season, but the signings of Williams, Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace in just two days of free agency has Nets fans excited.
But most of all, there will be time spent celebrating the Nets signing, re-signing or trading for real basketball talent to play at Barclays, practice at that facility. Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace have ten visits to the NBA All-Star Game between them. Brook Lopez has not yet been chosen for the classic but his point guard thinks he will soon. There may be complaints about size and shape of the Wallace and Johnson's contracts, but there shouldn't be about their play.
Bottom line, D-Will's signing is about getting noticed, showing off. The Nets arrival in Brooklyn --and return to New York-- is no longer a distant dream. What the team and building are saying is, "Now, it's our turn!"