"My plan is to stay," Williams said during an interview with WFAN radio Monday. "Hopefully we get some good talent in here to where I can stay."I don't mean to be overly critical of Deron Williams, and it's no secret that the Nets are not a very good team, but he's about to play a season with the guys he basically just said needed to be upgraded. More:
Williams estimated that his chances of staying are "90 percent."Nothing wrong with that. Deron just doesn't like to beat around the bush. He continued:
When asked about the possibility of teaming up with Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony for the New York Knicks, he replied:
"That would be very unlikely," Williams said.
Why the opposition, D-Will? The Knicks would love you!
Williams called Howard "the most dominant big man in the NBA" and said if there's one player in the entire league he'd like to play with, it's "D-12".He then went on to add:
"I think if you're a point guard and you could play with D-12 and you leave, you're not very smart," Williams said.It's a shame Deron doesn't seem to have much interest in the Knicks. Personally, I'd rather have him over Chris Paul for a couple of reasons: a.) I have concerns about how well Paul's body will hold up; Deron is stronger, bigger and without any major injuries in his career, and b.) Deron has already said he'd opt out after this year, meaning he won't be traded. Chris Paul may very well be traded this season, and if it's not to the Knicks, there's a chance he'll re-up with another team.
However, much can change over the course of a couple months. The Nets still need to surround Williams with better talent through free agency (in a relatively weak free agent class), and their supposed package for Dwight Howard isn't very enticing compared to what other teams will offer.
Only time will tell how this will play out... unless Deron just tells us himself.