Point guard Deron Williams made a long-term commitment to the Jazz on Friday, signing a multiyear contract extension that could keep him in Utah through 2013.
Shortly after he did, Williams made a plea for All-Star power forward and fellow Team USA Olympian Carlos Boozer who is eligible to opt out of the final season of his six-year, $68 million contract next offseason to make a similar commitment.
We've talked about it since I've been here. He said his main thing was he probably wouldn't stay if I wasn't here if I wasn't signing an extension, Williams said. So, I think I took the first step in that by signing an extension and he knows that I'm going to be here for five more years. So, next step is just convincing him to stay.
Whether he opts out or not I don't know. Hopefully he stays, Williams added. He knows he's a big part of this team; he knows that we have that great chemistry together, and it will be hard to develop that same chemistry with another point guard. And maybe he goes to a team that doesn't have the caliber of point guard that he has here.