Brooklyn Nets retain all NBA PG Deron Williams
The Brooklyn Nets have hit the home run they've been looking for- All Star Point Guard Deron Williams has decided to re-up with the Nets, making his home in New York for the foreseeable future. The announcement was made via twitter, where Williams' tweeted "I made a difficult decision today..." and it was followed by a link to a Brooklyn Nets logo.
Deron's first year and a half with the Nets was turbulent to say the least, after he had been injured several times, and the team itself was extremely disappointing. But with the move to Brooklyn comes a lot more money, and a chance to be apart of a movement that will change the face of New York basketball. Last season, Deron played 55 games, averaged 21 PPG, 8.7 APG, and shot 40% from the field. Something to note was that Brook Lopez was limited to 5 games last season, and Williams had to score more than he probably should have. A healthy Brook Lopez and the addition of scoring shooting guard Joe Johnson will surely give D-Will more assists and a higher shooting percentage.
One thing that is very interesting is that Deron took less than the max to resign, in fact around $30 million, which leaves space for a potential trade for Dwight Howard, or to sign role players such as Gerald Green and other free agents.
In other Nets news, they also acquired rebound machine Reggie Evans from the Los Angeles Clippers in a sign and trade deal. He signed a 3 year deal with the Nets, and will be a viable option off the bench for his rebounding and defensive ability. However, he is a bit of a black hole on offense, but the Nets also acquired Mirza Teletovic. Teletovic is a 6'9 Bosnian power forward who posses extraordinarily good shooting abilities. So, as of right now, the Nets lineup looks like this, assuming they resign Gerald Green and Brook Lopez-
The team as it stands is a playoff team, but they still have potential to get better. We'll see what happens in the coming weeks, but the Nets have started free agency off with a bang. Will you be following the Nets the season? Let me know in the comments what you feel!