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Williams refutes 'Howard or Bust' report

05/30/2012 7:31 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Just a few hours before the Nets learned that they would not in fact have the No. 1 selection (or any first-round choice, for that matter) in the 2012 NBA Draft, their point guard took to Twitter Wednesday evening to refute a report that he would definitely leave Brooklyn as a free agent this summer if the franchise did not acquire former No. 1 overall choice Dwight Howard.

Earlier in the day, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that according to league sources, Deron Williams’ decision on whether or not he would re-sign with the Nets basically came down to a “Howard or Bust” scenario – either they acquire Howard or their star point guard was going elsewhere.

Not the case, according to Deron’s Twitter.

“I would love to know who Adrian Wojnarowski source is bc he knows more about what I'm thinking then I do - maybe they can help me decide?,” he Tweeted, but that wasn’t the end of it.

Following the initial Tweet, Williams also had a little fun with the situation, retweeting the posts of several of his followers who speculated on the identity of the mysterious sources. The mostly-comical answers ranged from “seashells” to pop culture memes like Chuck Norris and “The Most Interesting Man in the World” of Dos Equis beer commercial fame, and even included a “threatening” Tweet from a faux account parodying Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

The star point guard has a few more weeks to decide whether or not he will opt in for the final year of his contract with the Nets or test free agency come July 1, but as much as Williams has denied reports that he is definitely leaving, he has also been reported to have expressed interest in potentially playing for several other franchises, most notably Dallas or the Lakers.

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