- Posted: 1:32 PM, July 10, 2011
The Nets star told ESPN.com that would be difficult if there is no season with the NBA lockout holding up the league for the foreseeable future.
“I think it will kind of put a damper on things because I want to see where the Nets are going this season," Williams told the website. "See what kind of additions we can make, because that will definitely help. But I don't know. I still can't really say anything until the new CBA because who knows if I even can opt out? There's no telling."
Williams was the first NBA star to ink a deal with a European team when he signed to play in Turkey last week. Williams reportedly would join his Turkish team, Besiktas, by the start of September and would be able to return to the Nets and the NBA when the lockout lifts.
But if the owners push their proposal through, Williams would not be surprised to see NBA players making Europe a permanent home.
"If the proposal (the owners) have, if that's what they're sticking with and that's what they want, then I think it would be hard for a lot of guys to come back to the NBA," Williams said.
"(Kobe) Bryant could go make more money overseas, I guarantee you. If (European teams) knew he could be there for a full season, or they knew I could be there for a full season, or they knew LeBron James could be there for a full season, they'll pay more money, of course."
The Nets are hoping Williams will make Brooklyn his full-time home when the team makes the move over from New Jersey for the 2012-13 season.
"They have big dreams for Brooklyn and I can kind of picture that," Williams said. "It kind of excites me. I think it can be big."