Unlike Carmelo Anthony, who made his desire to be traded where and when very clear, Deron Williams had made no such preferences known. In fact, he didn't even know he was being shopped. When asked for a reaction to his trade to the Nets, Williams told a reporter he was "stunned."
"Williams told me it was not his choice," 1320 KFAN report David Locke tweeted. "He is stunned. Declined to do interview until he figures out what it all means."
This clearly means that Williams has not worked out or indicated any interest in working out a long term deal with the Nets. Throughout the whole Carmelo Anthony saga, the Nets refused to pull the trigger on any deal unless Melo agreed to an extension. Evidently, they had so such qualms about Deron Williams. This opens the possibility that Williams doesn't sign an extension with the Nets. If that were the case, not only would the deal be an unmitigated disaster for New Jersey, but the Sixers would have one less superstar to deal with in the Atlantic Division.
That said, the fact that a deal hasn't been worked out ahead of time doesn't really imply that he will or won't sign with the Nets long term. No doubt Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov will work feverishly over the next year to make sure Williams is secured as his team makes it's planned move to Brooklyn.