Deron Williams was one of the most sought after free agents from this year’s class and even had the opportunity to return home if he decided to sign with the Dallas Mavericks. Instead, Williams decided to return to the team he’s spent the last season and a half–the Brooklyn Nets.
Williams posted a message to his Twitter account on Tuesday that said, “Made a very tough decision today….” with a picture of the Nets logo next to it–indicating to fans that he’ll be back for the 2012-13 season. The former first-round pick agreed to a five-year, $100 million deal that will keep him in Brooklyn through the 2017-18 season.
As great of news as this is for the Nets, it’s even better that they managed to land Joe Johnson in trade from the Atlanta Hawks on Monday–making the team pretty stacked at the guard position. All of a sudden, Brooklyn looks like they’re stacking up to become one of the top contenders in the Eastern Conference.
Throw the possibility of a Dwight Howard acquisition into the mix–this may actually happen. Howard claimed last week that the Nets were the one team he would be interested in joining instead of returning to the Orlando Magic next season and now that Williams and Johnson are on board for the 2012-13 season–it’s safe to say that interest is even higher now.
It should be an interesting next couple of weeks for Jay-Z and company as they continue making moves for next season.