After remaining mum for the last week or so, nursing a sore calf and not playing, Deron Williams spoke to the media before the team's final shoot-around of the season Thursday morning.
And surprisingly, as he heads into free agency this summer, Williams expressed some promising words that he might remain with the New Jersey Nets.
Williams said he was "in a good mood" and that his visit to the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn earlier in the week "helped me see the vision again, so we'll see what happens."
Williams had been nothing but surly over the last week or so in New Jersey. He shunned a reporter before Monday night's final home game. The reporter was told by team public relations personnel that Williams didn't talk to the media before games.
"That's OK," Williams said. "I don't talk after the games either."
There was some speculation that Williams might go elsewhere in free agency, but he used a lot of words that might make some people believe he's hanging around.
"I'm in a good place right now," Williams said. "I enjoy being around these guys. I have some big decisions to make. I think going back to Brooklyn one more time helped me see the vision of the franchise again. There were times this year that it was very difficult to see. It was very tough, especially when you're on the court. I think if we stayed healthy this year, we would have been a playoff team. Then, we added Gerald Wallace and we were definitely a playoff team. The injuries just cost us a lot."
The Nets lost an astounding 250 games in manpower due to the injuries. They utilized 26 starting lineups, including another new lineup in the season finale.