Deron Williams wants new deal before Olympics

Associated Press Modified: April 27, 2012 at 8:17 pm •  Published: April 27, 2012
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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."

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