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It’s official: Deron Williams did not pick up option, now fun begins

Deron Williams

New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams is pensive as he addresses the media, Thursday, April 14, 2011 in East Rutherford, N.J. Williams had surgery on his right wrist on April 11, forcing him to miss the final two games of the regular season. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


Deron Williams will be a free agent.

In a move long expected, Williams did not opt in and pick up the last year of his deal with the Brooklyn Nets, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News tweeted.

This is a business move, even if he stays with the Nets he makes more by opting out and re-signing with the team.

The decision for Williams is reportedly down to Dallas or Brooklyn, and he seems to be leaning Brooklyn. The latest sign of that, if you’re reading the tea leafs, is that Williams invited Nets coach Avery Johnson to a small gathering celebrating his birthday on Tuesday.

What he has long said is he needs to be sure Brooklyn management is serious about building a contender around him. The Nets will be in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes whenever that gets ramped up again (this summer), but they had better have a Plan B.

Williams has said several times he hopes to have his decision made by the time he reports to Team USA training camp in Vegas July 6.