Larry Brown Sports- Deron Williams wants to play for the Dallas Mavericks, and it sounds like the interest is mutual.
Marc Stein of ESPN reports that Williams has been in talks with the Brooklyn Nets about getting out of his contract so he can join the Mavericks, who are his hometown team. Williams and the Nets have been discussing a possible buyout for the two years and $43.3 million remaining on the 31-year-old guard’s deal.
The Mavericks are reportedly “very motivated” to sign Williams after they were screwed over by DeAndre Jordan. However, they are not interested in trading for him because it would require too much salary cap space.
“It’s 60 to 70 percent that [Williams] winds up in Dallas,” a source told Stein.
As someone who paid close attention to the situation in Brooklyn when I was living in New Jersey, my first instinct is to say how dare the Nets do right by Deron Williams. Alas, professional sports are a fickle bitch. A fickle bitch that is more likely to pay you for doing nothing, metaphorically and now literally, the more you fail to live up to your contract. Who would have thought that when Deron Williams signed a massive deal (5 years/99 million) with Brooklyn a couple of years back that the best thing for the franchise would be to pay him a substantial amount of money to get the hell out of dodge? The Nets had to succumb to his contract demands when he was a promising free agent point guard, and now they are better off succumbing to his demand to be released because he is just about as useless as a aging, injury prone point guard can be. Wasn't too long ago Chris Paul and Deron Williams were battling for the title of best point guard in the league. Now Deron Williams would be lucky to consider himself a second tier starter. Hell, journeyman Jarrett Jack, while being a very solid backup in this league, basically matched his numbers last year at a far more efficient rate.
What a life. What a fucking life. Getting paid in full on past performance with a completely different franchise. You would think that Deron Williams would be thankful. That he would shut the fuck up, assume responsibilities for his failures, and play out his completely underwhelming tenure with the Nets. Nope, It's always someone else's fault. If I ever run into the living corpse of Jerry Sloan I would extend my hand in apology. Since I probably never will, I will take this time to apologize for thinking that it was your fault when Deron Williams ran you out of town. I apologize for thinking that Williams was more than a supremely talented head case that didn't have the mental makeup to live up to his insanely high potential on the basketball court. Good luck with your 'Plan B' Dallas, but don't say I didn't warn you when it doesn't work and your deal with Deron Williams turns into an abortion.
You can have him Cuban, as long as you, or Chris Broussard, can find him first...