by Tzvi Twersky | @TTwersky

On Tuesday afternoon, the New Jersey Nets exercised their third-year option on Terrence Williams. Eight hours later, the sophomore wing expressed his appreciation.

“I feel good [about it],” Williams said in the visitor’s locker room at Madison Square Garden, shortly after dropping a preseason game to the New York Knicks, 117-111. “It shows you the faith they have in you as a player and the trust that they’re putting into you, so I definitely appreciate that.”

In the Nets second to last game of the preseason, that trust was rewarded with a promising if a bit uneven 27 minute, 15 point, 5 turnover, 4 assist performance from Williams.

“I had too many careless turnovers,” the Seattleite acknowledged. “But, other than my turnovers, I think I’m doing a solid job on defense and as far as trying to find guys, and score points when we need it.”

Only a summer removed from a 12-win rookie season, Williams is now happy to be a Net, and hopes to stay one for a while.

“I’d be happy to be in Jersey for the rest of my life,” said the 11th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. “There’s no point in going nowhere. I like everything that’s around here. I like the direction our team’s going.”

You can assume that means he’d be happy in Brooklyn–if the team ever actually moves there–as well.