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Nets GM confident G Deron Williams will stay

Published: Monday, July 6 2015 12:14 a.m. MDT

Nets' Deron Williams is guarded by Utah's Devin Harris as the Utah Jazz play the New Jersey Nets in NBA basketball which features former Jazz players Deron Williams and Mehmet Okur's first return to play their former team since being traded Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah.    (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Nets' Deron Williams is guarded by Utah's Devin Harris as the Utah Jazz play the New Jersey Nets in NBA basketball which features former Jazz players Deron Williams and Mehmet Okur's first return to play their former team since being traded Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Nets general manager Bill King believes All-Star point guard Deron Williams will join the team in its new home in Brooklyn after exploring free agency this summer.

Speaking at a year-end wrapup five days after the Nets missed the playoffs for the fifth straight year, King sounded confident that he would be able to re-sign Williams after the 27-year-old opts out of the final year of his contract.

Heading into the offseason, King has four players under contract for next season — rookie guard MarShon Brooks, rookie forward Jordan Williams, backup center Johan Petro and shooting guard Anthony Morrow.

Starting center Brook Lopez is a restricted free agent. Power forward Kris Humphries is unrestricted and forward Gerald Wallace has a player option to decide whether to stay.

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