New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams is upset about the backlash he has received on social networks for his decision to become a free-agent following this season, according to Yahoo! Sports.
“People get traded all the time,” Williams told Yahoo! Sports. “They don’t get backlash as an organization. If [players] leave, we are not loyal, we are ungrateful. People say stuff to me on Twitter. They already think I’m gone. They are out there bashing me, saying to me I’m a traitor.
“I didn’t ask to be here. I got traded. I didn’t come here being a free agent. This is the first time that I’m a free agent in my career.”
Williams chose not to sign a long-term contract extension with the Nets prior to this season because under the new collective bargaining agreement, he would be able to make a great deal more money if he were to sign with them after the 2011-12 campaign. At the time, he expressed to Nets fans that his decision was about dollars and cents, but he still will have the ability to speak with other teams when he hits the open market.
The Nets were expected to be major players to either trade for, or sign Dwight Howard by this offseason, however some have speculated that with Howard agreeing to stay at least one more year in Orlando, Williams may look to go elsewhere.
Through 49 games this season the 27-year-old is averaging 21.6 points and 8.6 assists per game.