Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams wants to either remain a member of the Nets or play for the Dallas Mavericks next season, ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting.
According to ESPN, the Portland Trailblazers, Phoenix Suns, and Houston Rockets were all hoping Williams would sign with them. Sources say the Los Angeles Lakers were also hoping to work out a sign and trade deal where they would get D-Will for Pau Gasol.
The Nets have maintained that they aren't interested in Gasol, and would only be interested in a deal with the Lakers if they were getting Andrew Bynum in return.
Williams was taken at #3 overall in the 2005 draft, Rant Sports reports. He played for the Utah Jazz for 5 seasons, and was traded to the Nets in February 2011.
According to ESPN Williams wants to make it clear that he's only interested in the Mavs or Nets. He officially becomes a free agent on July 1 at 12:01 am. He has instructed his representatives to tell any other teams that call about him that he is not interested in playing for them.
Williams is originally from Dallas, and had a stellar high school career in the area, which make the Mavs an alluring option.
The Nets would also be an attractive option because according to the NY Daily News, All-Star veteran and one-time NBA champion Jason Kidd is interested in playing in Brooklyn and would really like to play with Deron Williams.
Kidd, 39, said "my days of playing 38 minutes are over." He added that he would be willing to take a backseat role for the first time in his career. "We (he and Deron) could play off each other and hopefully be successful."
According to ESPN, D-Will is living happily in New York now, but has been doing some house hunting in Dallas to be prepared in case he decides to play there.