Deron Leaning Towards Nets?
Williams has the opportunity to become a free agent this summer if he so desires, or he can pick up his player option by June 30th which would leave him under contract with the Nets for one more season.
What's strange about the news of Williams leaning towards the Nets is that just a couple weeks ago it was reported that he would leave the team unless he thought they were going to be an immediate contender; meaning he wouldn't re-sign even if the Nets had won the draft lottery and gotten top prospect Anthony Davis out of Kentucky.
Either the reports of Williams wanting to play for an immediate contender were false, or Williams believes that the Nets can put together a good team through free agency.
Obtaining Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard via trade remains a possibility, but I don't really see why the Magic would want to deal with the Nets. The Nets have no good pieces to send to the Magic. Brook Lopez has been mentioned, but the fact that all he can do is score has become more and more evident over the years. The 7'0'' center averaged the same amount of rebounds as rookie shooting guard MarShon Brooks (3.6 boards per game).
On top of that, the Nets made arguably the worst transaction of the year at the last trade deadline. They traded what would become the 6th overall pick in the draft to the Portland Trail Blazers for Gerald Wallace. Wallace played 16 games for the Nets and has already opted out of his contract and will be a free agent this summer. That 6th pick could have gotten a team players like John Henson, Damian Lillard, Andre Drummond, or possibly even guys like Harrison Barnes or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. That pick could have been a huge part in the push for obtaining Howard, but they traded it away for 16 games out of Gerald Wallace.
The Nets do still have their first-round picks for future drafts, but keep in mind that if they traded them for Dwight Howard they'd have a pretty good team, which would then make those picks less valuable.
Howard may still go to the Nets if he makes it to free agency next summer, but I don't see why the Magic would want to trade Howard for anything the Nets have to offer right now.
Because of the reports that Williams would only re-sign with the Nets if he thought they would be an immediate contender, and because of the fact that I don't see how the Nets could surround Deron Williams with talent by this upcoming season, I'll remain skeptical that he is truly leaning towards staying with the Nets. But I will admit, Chris Broussard's sources and instincts are most likely much better than mine.