The Brooklyn Nets handed Deron Williams a $100 million contract to be a bench player, or at least that’s the impress that the team is giving with their most recent announcement. Jason Kidd was asked about the minutes that Williams was seeing and if he’d begin to replace Shaun Livingston in the starting lineup.
Newsday captured Kidd’s quotes on the matter:
“We haven’t even talked about it,” Kidd said after practice. “We gave him and Joe [Johnson] rest days, so [Thursday] we’ll see how they feel and see if we have time to get them with that first group.”
Fans are confused by the move in that the Nets are paying Williams gobs of money to play a backup role on the team. Then again, Brooklyn is streaking big time at the moment and after the rocky start they had, Jason Kidd wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize the momentum.
If the Nets struggle, then the plan to have Williams come off the bench will likely be reconsidered. But at the moment, Brooklyn is as hot as they’ve been all year and are eyeing the Atlantic Division lead that sits just three games away from them.