Ever since he was traded to New Jersey from Utah, speculation had loomed that Deron Williams was not happy to be a Net, and that he would bolt to Madison Square Garden instead of signing an extension when he becomes a free agent in 2012.
Now, Williams is saying that he wants to create a super team of his own with his new franchise, according to the New York Post.
“I want to win. In order to do that, you see the trend now: two, three, sometimes four stars in every city,” Williams said Monday night.
With owners Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z in charge and a move to Brooklyn looming, Williams believes that creating such a situation with the Nets is possible, despite the franchise’s poor run in recent years.
“There’s a lot of stuff that appeals to me, as far as my future here. … When your owner says he’s going to spend the money and put people around you, that’s appealing,” he explained.
“We have the market to do that right now,” Williams said, “and I think it’s going to improve with the move to Brooklyn to attract some of the bigger name guys and it’s on not only management, but me, to try to get some people here.”
Stars have recently been instrumental in luring one another to super-teams. Amare Stoudamire openly urged Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul to join him in New York after LeBron James decided to go to Miami, and many believe that James’ decision was massively influenced by his desire to play with friends Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
Both Paul and Dwight Howard, like Williams, are set to be free agents in 2012.
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