Williams seeks new deal before Olympics
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP)
All-Star point guard Deron Williams wants to have a new contract before the Olympics start in late July.
Speaking a day after the New Jersey Nets' season ended, Williams refused to say whether he will be a Net when the team moves into its new arena in Brooklyn.
''The season just ended yesterday,'' Williams said. ''We have time, playoffs. A lot of stuff is going to happen. Just take my time. But I don't want to take too much time. I want to try to have something done by the Olympics.''
Williams has said all season that he would opt out of his contract and test the free-agent market, and that remains his plan after the Nets (22-44) missed the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season.
Williams, who toured the under-construction Barclays Arena this week, said he can see himself playing in the building, but his desire is to be a member of a championship team.
''I'm still looking at all the possibilities here,'' Williams said. ''I went to the arena a couple days ago and saw how it was and it's going to be an exciting arena, a great place to play, and I've always been confident in this organization. Even though I was opting out, I never said I wasn't re-signing with the Nets and that still remains the same.''
The 27-year-old said his biggest desire is to win.
''That's first and foremost. I want to go where I feel we have the best chance to win,'' he said. ''I know we might not win a championship in the first year or two, but hopefully as the chances of building something special and have flexibility and somewhere where I believe they're headed in the right direction.''
Williams said he wants a new contract before the Olympics because he does not want to play in the London games without a deal. Nets center Brook Lopez also disclosed Friday that he had two different injuries this past season in only playing five games.
He missed the first part of the season with a broken fifth metatarsal in his foot. He said the second injury was higher on his foot, near his ankle.
''It was frustrating, obviously ... I felt like I was just getting back in the groove and everything and enjoying playing with the guys, and it was unfortunate that had to happen,'' said Lopez, who is a restricted free agent.