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NBA Free Agency 2012: Deron Williams Says Winning Top Priority

The All-NBA PG's desire to play on a championship contender may give Dallas the edge in what will be an extremely high-profile process.

Apr 14, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA;  New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams (8) brings the ball up court during the second half against the Boston Celtics at the Prudential Center. The Celtics won 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 14, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams (8) brings the ball up court during the second half against the Boston Celtics at the Prudential Center. The Celtics won 94-82. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

With the New Jersey Nets season over, it's officially time to start reading tea leaves when it comes to the impending free agency situation of Nets PG Deron Williams.

Ever since the Dallas Mavericks let the free agents from their championship team walk in December, they've been heavily linked with Williams, a Dallas native who graduated from The Colony High School in 2001.

And in an interview with the New Jersey Star-Ledger this week, he had several intriguing comments:

"I want to win, that's first and foremost,'' the Nets point guard said at the team's breakup day Friday. "So I'm going to go where I feel we have the best chance to win. I know we might not win a championship in the first year or two, but hopefully, (the place I go) has the chances of building something special, and has flexibility - just somewhere where I believe they're headed in the right direction.''

He also reiterated his desire to get his contract done before the 2012 Summer Olympics. Team USA's training camp begins on July 6 and Williams isn't guaranteed a spot on the team right now.

The NBA's free agency period begins on July 1.

For all the latest news, rumors and analysis about the Mavericks plans in the summer of 2012, stay tuned to the SB Nation Dallas storystream and head over to Mavs Moneyball.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.