For Nets’ King, Williams, Future Begins At NBA Draft
NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Deron Williams may — or may not — stay with the Nets following the 2011-12 season.
Williams said at his introductory press conference in February that his future in New Jersey is partially contingent on “the people we bring into this organization.” General manager Billy King can start building his case at June’s NBA Draft.
“My goal is to get to the playoffs next year,” King said Sunday at the Nets’ draft combine. “To get there, you need to improve. I think we’ll improve just with the next training camp, but we also need to get more players that can help him get here.”
King said though the NBA’s labor situation is shaky, the Nets have plenty of room to play with under the salary cap.
“You identify guys you like, and then, when the time comes about and you know the rules, and that’ll dictate what you can afford to pay them,’’ said King. “Fortunately for us, regardless, we’re going to have (cap) room.’’
Williams has one more year on his contract and then an option for another year at $17.7 million, but he would like a long-term maximum deal. He was acquired in a trade with Utah during the season.
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