Deron Williams considers options

Updated: May 4, 2011, 8:17 AM ET
By Jared Zwerling | ESPN The Magazine

Although the NBA's current collective bargaining agreement expires in nearly two months -- July 1, to be exact -- New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams is already considering taking his talents abroad.

"I'm already looking into playing overseas," said Williams, who was in Santa Monica, Calif., Tuesday taking part in an event featuring his favorite video game series, Call of Duty. "I haven't looked anywhere in general; I'm just looking into the possibility of playing over there. But I'm not going to make a decision until after the CBA."

Beyond that, D-Will had nothing more to say about the labor negotiations between the NBA owners and players.

"I'm not even going to talk about it," Williams said. "I'm going to let that work itself out. I think a lot of people open their mouths and shouldn't be talking about the CBA. Let the people handle it that need to handle it. I don't know enough about it to be running off at the mouth."

For Nets fans wondering what Williams' future holds with the Nets, they can find some reassurance in two things -- the first being his recovery from surgery he had in mid-April to remove loose particles and scar tissue in his right wrist.

"It's good," Willlams said. "There's really not much rehab; it's just getting the strength back. Just by using it every day, you're pretty much doing that."

The second was his visit last week to the Barclays Center site in Brooklyn.

"It was cool, man," Williams said. "It was cool just to see it all come together. They got a lot of beams up, so you can see kind of structure. There was enough up to where you can picture it, get a feel for how the arena is going to be. It's good to see where the direction of the team is going and we'll continue to do that over the next year."

In the meantime, Williams said he doesn't have a gauge on what other players are planning to do if there is a lockout. The idea of going overseas was his own. But one place you probably won't find him in is Greece.

"The economy is not too good in Greece right now," Williams said.

Jared Zwerling is a senior researcher for ESPN The Magazine and a regular contributor to ESPN RISE.

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