Smack / Sep 3, 2014 / 7:30 pm

Deron Williams Says “It’s A Relief” To Leave New York And Spend Time In Utah

Deron Williams

Deron Williams (Anthony Grupposo, USATODAY)

Deron Williams hasn’t been the franchise cornerstone for the Brooklyn Nets that so many anticipated. After a solid debut season with the team in 2011-2012, Williams’ play has deteriorated enough over the past two years that he’s become a relative salary albatross – a reality even darker considering the infinitely deep pockets of owner Mikhail Prokhorov. As the re-vamped Nets ready for the 2014-2015 season under the guidance of Lionel Hollins, Williams’ place in the team’s future has never been more tenuous. If he’s to salvage his time with the Nets, basically, it needs to happen soon. That much is clear. What’s much less so is whether or not Williams even wants to continue his career in New York for the long-haul.

In a thoughtful, illuminating cover story for The Resident written by Rory Winston, Williams doesn’t exactly glow when discussing life in the city.

“I’m not going to lie. I don’t really feel so much like a New Yorker. I grew up in an apartment in Texas where you could send your kids outside like ‘yeah, go play in the sun.’ Here it’s more challenging. The process of getting them into school is a nightmare. Even private schools where you pay are an ordeal. In Utah, you just send your kids to the first public school in the area because they’re all great. Truth is, we enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle and going back to Utah every summer. It’s a relief to take that timeout. No traffic. No crowds. My daughters still have their friends there. There’s a big backyard. They go to the pool; the playground and they jump on the trampoline. Kids running wild and free here…? I don’t think so.”

That doesn’t sound like a man that wants to live in New York City long-term. Neither does this:

“What constitutes a New Yorker?”… Then looking me in the eyes his words seemingly jump beyond my reach, “Third thing is New Yorkers are tough. Or at least they think they are.”

Williams is due just over $40 million over the next two seasons, and carries a player option for the 2016-2017 season that will pay him $22.3 million. Considering it’s unlikely that his next contract will be worth even half that much annually, Williams will surely elect to play through the remainder of his current deal.

What could render that assumption irrelevant is if he’s intent on leaving New York for more comfortable and familiar pastures. It would be a major boon for Brooklyn if Williams opts-out of the final season of his contract, giving them enough cap space to chase Kevin Durant, another max-level star, and other quality parts. Given his lukewarm assessment of city life in The Resident, perhaps that’s a route Williams will ponder despite its financial ramifications.

For the immediate future, though, he’s locked-in with the Nets and vice versa. Here’s hoping Williams’ grows more comfortable in Brooklyn over that timeframe – both on and off the court.

What do you think?

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  • SweetdickWilly

    This sounds like Deron’s talking out of feeling the pressure, especially after what he pulled in Utah. He appears to be the typical guy who’s quick to want to run the show, give no fucks about how to go about it but will run from accountability that comes with the spotlight. It’s true that injuries are somewhat of a factor and that he’s still a top shelf point guard but he’s got to produce.

  • http://www.soleimprint.com/ Sole Imprint

    It is actually really rough to live in NY… for a bitch ass nigga especially

  • AnneeZ

    Not comfortable in Brooklyn, because he chose to live in Tribeca/downtown NYC, several blocks from the nearest park. Come to Brooklyn– there, I do send my kids to play across the street in the park at Cadman Plaza & the Walt Whitman Sprinkler Park between OEM & Court bldg. in Brooklyn Heights and we go to the pool in summer at Red Hook. And schools, not like Tribeca where there are 500 kids vying for one spot at an overpriced private school in my opinion. I came from Tribeca to Brooklyn. Make the move. You’ll be happier Deron! Trust me. Everyone told you Tribeca was the place to be, but it’s not.

  • Fader Label

    People, this article just goes to show how taking things out a context is so damaging. I went to the trouble to check the article being referenced here and it talks how Deron is an honest guy with no hype and how humble a giant he is. I urge everyone to read the original before misreading what the man says. Also the original article got major snap to it and is basketball to the bone. It is way more exciting and worth the read unlike this gossip. Check it and see if you don’t agree: http://resident.com/2014/09/01/deron-williams-on-point/

  • Fader Label

    That ain’t what the man said. I urge you to read the comment in its original context. The man is miles humble: http://resident.com/2014/09/01/deron-williams-on-point/