Prokhorov’s Plan For D-Will

LONDON — Phase 2 of Sell-Deron-Williams-on-the-Nets kicked into high gear here Friday afternoon with the arrival of Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, who hit town just in time to see Williams lead the Nets to the first regular season win on European soil in NBA history.

But Prokhorov shared some of his thoughts on the Nets’ plan before the game. Sitting on a panel with NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, AEG President and CEO Tim Leiweke and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment chairman Larry Tannenbaum, Prokhorov admitted that this time in London would be his first opportunity to sit down and begin selling Williams on the Nets face-to-face.

“We only had a 10-minute chat after the game and he was really tired,” Prokhorov said of the time they spent chatting after a game in San Antonio the day after the Nets snagged Williams in a trade with Utah for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, two first-round draft picks and cash. “I think we will meet here in London for a more substantial meeting, for a global discussion. For me, it is very interesting, the reaction of an All-Star player, what he is feeling about what is going on in the global world. I have one approach, maybe he feels something different.

“But from that first meeting, we have a lot in common. He wants to be No. 1, we want to be No. 1. We are on the same page. That is very important.”

Prokhorov had to like what he saw from Williams Friday night. The two-time All-Star scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime and also finished with 11 assists as the Nets pulled away late to snap a six-game losing streak.

Even more important, though, was the way Williams owned the floor and the flow of the game when he was out there. In Brook Lopez (25 points) and Williams, the Nets already have two of the pieces they’ll need to reshape their team into a playoff contender in the next year.

But they also have a time crunch they are dealing with. Williams can become a free agent in the summer of 2012. He said he won’t make a decision until it’s time. That gives Prokhorov and the Nets a little time to make their case, one strong enough to sway Williams into making the move from New Jersey to Brooklyn after next season.

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  2. TBiz says:

    I don’t get why everyone keeps saying the D-Will trade was cheap. The Nets gave up first round picks, an excellent point guard at a good age, money, and a 6ft10 19-year old who was selected 3rd overall! How is that cheap??
    Cheap I assume is how it’s being qualified when compared to the Melo deal, but hang on….Chandler, Gallinari, Felton; all players who no one would have given anything for until this season. And Mozgov is frankly just a big body. Ok, the Knicks don’t have a lot of players right now, but in terms of value, none of those guys has a whole lot!

  3. The trade was just a schocker. The Nets get their shining star on Deron Williams, much cheaper and relevant than the Carmelo Trade. I think the Utah was a great team with Jerry Sloans , but with Jerry resigning, nothing’s left for them. They struggled and could not get everything in sync. Then they traded their all-star Williams to the Nets, however, the Jazz get a former all-star, future picks and a young big man. I think this is a costly move for the Nets and Jazz. Mr. Prokorov’s Plan is a great Risk.

  4. alex corey says:

    I like how a piece entitled “Prokhorov’s plan for D-will” has nothing to do with Prokhorov’s plan for D-Will. Am I stupid or just literate? Would someone please cut and paste the relevant sections from the above piece and show me which bits relate to Prokhorovs plan for D-will. Easily the worst piece of writing ever…..don’t call me a hater for calling you out on this garbage.

  5. YeeDog says:

    they shouldn;t sign any other stars if the want to keep D- Will, as he wants to remain the top dog, they should get some guys like Pau Gasol, who has a very important role, but isnt big enough to be the franchise yet

  6. Hasib says:

    i wouldn’t stay if I was dwill the best they’ll do is give him another Utah-like team but he wants more..
    The reality is soo much can change in the nba over the next year that we really can’t predict a good place for him to go to until at least febuary of next season

    • Fastbreak says:

      A Utah like team is a good team until this year. He left because the team broke apart what was a very solid team. Jersey has a leader now, which they never got from Harris, and all they really need is some decent role guys. Just sucks that they lost Favors, that kid has a lot of promise, and probably the only bright spot in NJ until Dwill’s trade.

      Only question is does Dwill have patience or wants instant stardom/buzz like most current young players, that alone will determine him staying or leaving I think.

  7. jake winter says:

    Yeah! Deron Williams is amazing!