The Nets made their Brooklyn move official this week, and now the summer's big question is whether Deron Williams will be joining them there next season. According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News (via Twitter), everything he's hearing suggests Williams is "leaning toward" re-signing with the Nets. However, Bondy cautions that there are still plenty of variables in play, including the playoffs, the draft, and other free agent decisions (Twitter link).
Given the Nets' poor season and a handful of comments made by Williams over the course of the year, speculation has increased that the star point guard will be signing with the Mavericks or another non-Brooklyn team. When we asked last week whether Williams would re-sign with the Nets, more than 77% of poll respondents said no.
While it's still too early to say with any certainty what Williams is thinking, there have been some promising signs for Nets fans in the past week or two. The 27-year-old came away impressed after another visit to Brooklyn's Barclays Center, and told Bondy that he doesn't see a perfect situation out there in free agency. Nets coach Avery Johnson also expressed some optimism that Williams would be back next season.
Once he turns down his player option and tests free agency, as expected, Williams figures to have a handful of very interested suitors, but only the Nets could guarantee him a max contract of five years rather than four.