Deron Williams had hoped to make a return trip to London for the Nets’ game Thursday against the Hawks at O2 Arena, where Williams claimed his second gold medal as part of the U.S. national team at the 2012 Olympics.

But Nets coach Jason Kidd said the team made the prudent decision in having Williams stay back in New York to continue his rest and rehabilitation of both of his troublesome ankles, as opposed to bringing him on the team’s trip across the Atlantic this week.

“Yeah, just let him go through his rehab there instead of hauling him over here,” Kidd said Tuesday after the Nets held their first practice since arriving Monday morning. “So he’s going through his rehab, so we’ll see where he’s at when we get back.

“He wants to be with the team. He wants to be playing. But with him rehabbing, we thought it would be best for him to stay.”

Williams has missed the last four games — bringing his season total to 15 — after initially being diagnosed with a sprained left ankle and then undergoing cortisone shots and platelet rich plasma treatment in both ankles last Tuesday. Kidd wasn’t ready to commit to the star point guard returning for Monday’s game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden – the first game back from London for the Nets.