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NBA notes: D-Will wants deal before Olympics

Associated Press

Published: Friday, April 27 2012 10:07 p.m. MDT

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.

"The season just ended yesterday," Williams said. "We have time, playoffs. A lot of stuff is going to happen. Just take my time. But I don't want to take too much time. I want to try to have something done by the Olympics."

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.

"I'm still looking at all the possibilities here," Williams said. "I went to the arena a couple days ago and saw how it was and it's going to be an exciting arena, a great place to play, and I've always been confident in this organization. Even though I was opting out, I never said I wasn't re-signing with the Nets and that still remains the same."

The 27-year-old said his biggest desire is to win.

"That's first and foremost. I want to go where I feel we have the best chance to win," he said. "I know we might not win a championship in the first year or two, but hopefully as the chances of building something special and have flexibility and somewhere where I believe they're headed in the right direction."

Williams said he wants a new contract before the Olympics because he does not want to play in the London games without a deal.

FEDS INVESTIGATING UNION: The federal government is investigating the business practices of the NBA Players' Association.

The union confirmed Friday it has received a subpoena for documents from the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan and says it will cooperate with the investigation.

The NBPA also says in a statement that it has appointed a special committee to oversee an internal inquiry, including a financial audit.

Recent reports have questioned the NBPA's finances and spending practices, largely having to do with the hiring of family members and firms that employ relatives of executive director Billy Hunter. Hunter says he will cooperate with the internal inquiry, but will not be in involved in the effort so it remains independent.

The NBPA says in the statement it looks forward to putting the matters to rest.

CHANDLER MAY MISS GAME 1: Tyson Chandler has been the Knicks' rock in the middle this season, anchoring their much-improved defense. But on the eve of their playoff opener against the Heat, Chandler was in a weakened condition, back at the hotel resting and being pumped with fluids.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson said there's a "strong possibility" Chandler will not play in Game 1 on Saturday because of flu-like symptoms. If he does, he might be limited.

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