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Deron Williams, Playing With the Nets’ Hearts

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 10:  Deron Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets brings the ball up court in the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Prudential Center on April 10, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images) We're all watching.

You know, there are two NBA teams in New York City right now. Obviously, you knew that, but seriously: The Nets are officially in Brooklyn now, with offices and logos and everything. In a couple of months, there will officially be scheduled games — you can already buy tickets — and next month, there will even be an NBA Draft in which the Brooklyn Nets will make a selection. (We'll know exactly what pick the Nets gave to Portland for Gerald Wallace on May 30.) So it's probably time to start covering the Nets like we cover the Mets and Yankees and Rangers and Knicks and Jets and Giants and St. John's (a lot) and not like we cover the Devils and Islanders and Seton Hall (not at all). So: Deron Williams!

Because the draft lottery will no longer determine anything for the Nets — honestly, trading that pick for Wallace just looks like a tragedy right now — the only real bit of Nets business, the only thing that matters, is courting Deron Williams to stay. It's going to be an extended process, and you can make a pretty strong argument that the Nets aren't the clubhouse leaders; conventional wisdom has him heading to Dallas and waiting a year for Dwight Howard to join him.

But the Nets are gonna make the hard push, because they have to. Otherwise, they're opening their new arena with Jay-Z, Barbra Streisand, and Sundiata Gaines. (They also can offer him the most money.) So, guess where he is right now? That's right: Russia! Williams and his wife are vacationing there, and they even met with Nets owner/gadfly/Jet Ski–flipper Mikhail Prokhorov in Turkey — a "casual" meeting, whatever that means. Deron's wife also tweeted out some fake dead-Williams photos, 'cause why not?

What does it all mean? Nothing! But this is your first job as a denizen of the city in which the Nets now play: following every move Deron Williams makes. It's a dirty job, but his wife does seem friendly.

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