Nets' ailing Deron Williams may end his season with wrist injury

Mar 19 2011 - 11:49pm

WASHINGTON -- Deron Williams said he can't wait until next season, but he was meeting with Nets' officials on Saturday to discuss the plan for the remaining 15 games of this one.

General manager Billy King traveled from Philadelphia to the nation's capital for a summit with coach Avery Johnson and Williams about the All-Star point guard's strained right wrist.

Williams aggravated it when he fell in Friday's loss to the Bucks and sounded as if he was considering resting it for the remainder of this season. Johnson said the Nets would reveal what they plan to do with Williams before today's game against the Wizards."Our options include Deron continuing to play and we just continue to treat him," Johnson said Saturday afternoon. "Other options may include just resting him for (today's) game and maybe Monday, or maybe shutting him down for three to five days and seeing if his wrist calms down a little bit."

Johnson never said shutting down Williams for good was an option, but it can't be ruled out. Williams already had more than a week off recently for the birth of his fourth child -- and his wrist didn't improve.

He said he doesn't need surgery and he has been told he can't worsen the wrist by playing. But Williams said he needs at least four weeks of rest for it to heal, and is becoming disgusted and frustrated because he's not able to perform to his capabilities.

"I just hope I don't ruin all the confidence I ever had with how I feel right now," said Williams, who shot 5-for-25 in the last two games. "It's just weak. I start off sometimes good, and then, after a couple shots it gets weak. I can feel it. Everything's short."

Williams said some Milwaukee fans chanted "overrated" during Friday's game. It bothered him and led to him saying he couldn't wait until next season, when he's healthy and playing the way he's accustomed to. That's good for the Nets, but the immediate future needs to be addressed.

Johnson said Williams wants to play, and "probably" feels pressure to because the Nets made him the face of the franchise when they acquired him last month. But Johnson and King planned to ease his mind.

"You're dealing with a guy that's a big-time competitor," Johnson said. "But at the same time we want to let him know that even though we made this big trade for him, we care about him and his well being more than we care about anything else right now."

Johnson said he, King and Williams will come to a conclusion together.

"You've got to take emotions out of it," he said. "Deron is a big part of our future, a major part of our future. We know the future is not now."

BRIEF: Johnson said the Nets decided to sign backup point guard Sundiata Gaines for the rest of the season before the latest incident with Williams' wrist.

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