EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — All-Star point guard Deron Williams wants to have a new contract before the Olympics start in late July.
Speaking a day after the New Jersey Nets’ season ended, Williams refused to say whether he will be a Net when the team moves into its new arena in Brooklyn.
Williams has said all season that he would opt out of his contract and test the free-agent market, and that remains his plan after the Nets (22-44) missed the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season.
Williams, who toured the under-construction Barclays Arena this week, said he can see himself playing in the building, but his desire is to be a member of a championship team.
The 27-year-old said he doesn’t want to play in the Olympics without a contract.