Since the NBA lockout ended, one of the league's most talked about story lines has been where Deron Williams will play next season.

The Nets are the favorites to re-sign Williams, who has generally poked fun at the interest in his impending decision, after he becomes an unrestricted free agent at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. But Williams and Jason Kidd, who preceded him as the Nets' superstar point guard, took things to a new level yesterday.

The two spent the morning hanging out at a Long Island golf course, with Williams first posting a picture of them in a car on Instagram before tweeting "Just finished playing East Hampton Golf Club w/ @RealJasonKidd let the speculation begin?????"

To add to the fun, Kidd — who has played for the Mavericks since being traded to Dallas by the Nets in 2008, and has said multiple times in recent weeks he would be open to backing up Williams either in Dallas or Brooklyn — replied in a tweet, "Since you won, we're going to ..." before later deleting the tweet.

Late Wednesday night, another Maverick, guard Delonte West, took to Twitter to make a personal pitch to Williams to play in his hometown. In a series of four tweets, West tried to sell the idea of Williams coming to play in Dallas, saying Dirk Nowitzki would be the best player he would ever play with, Mark Cuban is the best owner in sports and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle "understands."

Even as the Nets prepared for last night's draft, they also were preparing for free agency. The next couple of weeks could prove to be among the most pivotal in franchise history, given the fact the team is preparing to move to Brooklyn and Barclays Center this fall.

During his pre-draft press conference Wednesday, Nets general manager Billy King said the team is preparing plans to both surround Williams with talent if he re-signs as expected, or to deal with losing him if he doesn't. King said the draft (the Nets entered last night with only one pick, the 57th) has taken a back seat to his planning for free agency.