From the end of Al Iannazzone’s piece on the contract extension Deron Williams was never going to sign:
BRIEF: Among the players the Nets have expressed interest in are Caron Butler, Tayshaun Prince, Shane Battier, Shawne Williams, Rasual Butler, Arron Afflalo and Josh McRoberts. King also contacted Kris Humphries’ agent, letting him know they remain interested. But Nene and Chandler are the Nets’ top priorities.
Arron Afflalo is the top dog in this list of guys (at least we think so), but given how many suitors he has on the market the Nets are a step or two behind in acquiring him. The other guys are filler players, which actually doesn’t upset me too much. It’s all about short-term contracts now.