Deron Williams has traveled to Turkey and Russia since the Nets' regular season ended, crossing paths with Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov and GM Billy King during his vacation. But Williams stressed to reporters today that they shouldn't read into the trip, and that he's no closer to deciding on where he'll sign than he was a month ago (link via Andy Vasquez of the Bergen Record).
"I want to reiterate, I don’t know what I’m doing next year," Williams said. "Still. Nobody does but me. Not even my mom, my brother, my uncle, my cousin. I haven’t talked to anybody about where I’m going next year."
Williams explained his trip to Russia by saying he'd never been there before, and suggested that when he visits his hometown of Dallas later this week, it shouldn't be interpreted as a clue either. The 27-year-old also had an answer for why he continued to work out at the Nets' practice facility in New Jersey.
"I’m here right now because I sold my house in San Diego so I can’t go there," Williams said. "I have a house in Utah that I’m trying to sell, but it has no furniture in it, so I can’t go there. Plus my kids are in school till June 28th, so I have to stay here. Then I leave on July 5th for the Olympic training. So it doesn’t really make sense for me to go anywhere."
The top free agent on the market this offseason, Williams is expected to be heavily courted by the Nets and Mavericks, among other teams. As I explained last week, the Nets can offer the most money, but the difference may not be significant enough to be the deciding factor in the point guard's decision.