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NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 14:  Deron Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets looks to pass the ball against the Boston Celtics at Prudential Center on April 14, 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) *** Local Caption *** Deron Williams Deron Williams.

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Deron Williams Is A Free Agent For Real Now

Everyone knew it was coming, but now it's official. Deron Williams declined his contract option for 2012-2013, and will become a free agent on Sunday. Thus begins the Brooklyn Nets' quest to retain Williams, which has so far included a massive birthday card AND some Nets folks at Deron's birthday party. Wonderful! Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks continue to lurk. Dirk Nowitzki made his desire to play with Williams clear on the radio, and Delonte West engaged in his own zany brand of courtship on Twitter last night. The battle for D-Will's services begins in earnest in just a few days, and from the sound of things, won't take too much longer to reach a decision. This is a big'un for the Nets.

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