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.
Forwards Gerald Wallace and Kris Humphries also will be free agents. Humphries sounded as if he wanted to return. Wallace, who plans to opt out of his contract, wants a long-term deal.