The Brooklyn Nets are not going to just buy Deron Williams out of his contract. Try desperately to trade him? You bet. But not buy him out.
That’s essentially what Brooklyn Nets GM Billy King said on Wednesday.
There have been rumors the Nets would waive Deron Williams, using the stretch provision to essentially buy him out. That will not happen, reports Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game.
And, by the way, no change on the “we want to keep Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young” front, either.
This is all pretty much what was expected from the Nets.
Williams is owed $43 million over the next couple years. If the Nets used the stretch provision on him, they could extend that pain out over five years of the cap — but that’s still nearly $9 million a year for five years. Better to bite the bullet.