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Pacerized
07-03-2012, 08:15 PM
http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/8128101/sources-deron-williams-chosen-brooklyn-nets-hometown-dallas-mavericks

Things are moving quickly this off season. Maybe Nash will make up his mind quickly now.


Deron Williams (http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/2798/deron-williams) is staying with the Brooklyn Nets (http://espn.go.com/nba/team/_/name/bkn/brooklyn-nets).
Just after 7 p.m. ET Tuesday, the All-Star point guard tweeted, "Made a very difficult decision today ..." along with a link to a photo of the Nets' logo.
Williams' decision to stay was confirmed by ESPN.com. His contract will be worth $98 million over five years, according to sources.
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Williams chose the Nets over his hometown Dallas Mavericks (http://espn.go.com/nba/team/_/name/dal/dallas-mavericks), who could only offer four years, $75 million based on the rules outlined in the collective bargaining agreement.
Williams had said he was willing to re-sign with the Nets, assuming they put the right pieces around him.
The Nets, under the direction of GM Billy King and assistant GM Bobby Marks, have been aggressive in doing just that this offseason. They've already re-signed forward Gerald Wallace (http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/1026/gerald-wallace), traded for shooting guard Joe Johnson (http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/1007/joe-johnson), reached a verbal agreement Bosnian stretch forward Mirza Teletovic and executed a sign-and-trade for rugged rebounder Reggie Evans (http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/1828/reggie-evans). All deals at this point are verbal agreements as no moves can be made official until July 11.
Re-signing restricted free agent center Brook Lopez (http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/3448/brook-lopez) would likely be Brooklyn's next priority, if it doesn't move him in a blockbuster trade for Orlando Magic (http://espn.go.com/nba/team/_/name/orl/orlando-magic) center Dwight Howard (http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/2384/dwight-howard), who wants to be traded to the Nets.
The Nets tried to sell Williams on the idea that he'd be the face of the franchise as it moves into the $1 billion Barclays Center next season.
Williams has said he's enjoyed living in Manhattan with his family and has also enjoyed all the marketing opportunities he's been afforded. Williams has also forged great relationships with King and coach Avery Johnson. Sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that the Mavericks were notified of Williams' decision by agent Jeff Schwartz on Tuesday night. Club officials declined comment.

Williams was traded from the Utah Jazz (http://espn.go.com/nba/team/_/name/utah/utah-jazz) to the Nets on Feb. 23, 2011.
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Williams, 28, averaged 21 points and 8.7 assists in 55 games for the Nets last season.While the Nets have made a flurry of moves to revamp the franchise, ex-Net Jason Kidd (http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/429/jason-kidd) does not seem likely to make his return.
A source told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher that the veteran guard's decision is down to the New York Knicks (http://espn.go.com/nba/team/_/name/ny/new-york-knicks) and Mavericks.
The Mavs had planned all along to make a run at bringing back Nowitzki's close friend Steve Nash (http://espn.go.com/nba/player/_/id/592/steve-nash) in the event that they failed in their pursuit of Williams. Yet it remains to be seen what sort of bid Dallas will lodge to compete with Toronto and the New York, who have emerged as the two leading suitors for Nash.

MnvrChvy
07-03-2012, 08:42 PM
Well poop... on to the next obsession.

Honestly, it was the best move he could make.

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sportfireman
07-03-2012, 08:46 PM
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/deron-williams-takes-nets-98-232309196--nba.html


$98 Million......ouch


NEW YORK (AP) -- Deron Williams is moving to Brooklyn with the Nets, instead of back home to Dallas.

The All-Star point guard said on his Twitter page Tuesday night that he ''made a very tough decision today'' and posted a picture of the Nets' new team logo that accompanies their move from New Jersey to Brooklyn.

A person with knowledge of the decision said Williams told the team he was accepting their five-year contract worth $98 million. The person confirmed the agreement on condition of anonymity because contracts can't be signed until July 11.

Williams, the top free agent available, chose to stay with the Nets over signing with the Mavericks, who hoped they could convince him to come back to the area where he grew up.

It's a huge triumph for the Nets as they prepare to move into the new Barclays Center to start the 2012-13 season. They gave up an enormous package to get Williams in a surprising February 2011 trade, sending promising forward Derrick Favors, point guard Devin Harris, two first-round draft picks and cash to the Utah Jazz.

But it was worth it for the Nets, who needed a franchise player with them to build buzz for their move to New York.

Williams wanted to make a quick decision before he reports to training camp in Las Vegas with the U.S. men's basketball team on Thursday. He met with both teams Monday, the day after free agency opened, and made his Twitter posting at about 7 p.m. ET.

Williams' decision comes a day after the Nets agreed to a deal with Atlanta for All-Star guard Joe Johnson, and amid reports they are still hoping to make a deal with Orlando for Dwight Howard. Brooklyn also has a deal in place to re-sign versatile free agent forward Gerald Wallace.

Just two years after a 70-loss season, the Nets will have one of the NBA's best backcourts and are poised to make a quick move up the Eastern Conference standings.

Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks had spoken openly about their desire to bring Williams back to North Texas, where he starred at The Colony High School. Mark Cuban's team never made much attempt to defend its 2011 NBA title, leaving key players such as Tyson Chandler and J.J. Barea leave through free agency so the Mavs could save money for this summer's free agency.

But Dallas could only offer Williams a four-year deal worth about $75 million under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement. And with the Nets' flurry of moves, may not even be able to offer a better team anymore.

Williams averaged 21 points and 8.7 assists last season and had a 57-point game. One of the league's top point guards since entering the NBA as the No. 3 pick of the Jazz in 2005, he was ahead of his competitors when last season started after playing in Turkey during the lockout.

The Jazz decided to deal him at the 2011 deadline after a clash with former Utah coach Jerry Sloan, and without knowing if Williams would stay there long-term. The Nets had just been stung when the Knicks beat them to acquire Carmelo Anthony from Denver, and the Nets bounced back the next day by landing Williams.

Williams didn't always seem to enjoy playing in New Jersey, with the Nets spending the last two seasons in a temporary home in Newark. But he should play in front of packed crowds in Brooklyn as the main attraction at the Barclays Center.

Slick Pinkham
07-03-2012, 09:49 PM
Dallas fans must be thrilled that they blew their team up for nothing (so far)

Slick Pinkham
07-03-2012, 09:53 PM
If you fail the first time, try, try again

Adrian Wojnarowski ‏@WojYahooNBA
Dallas is considering this too: Take a step back, clear cap space for the summer of 2013 and chase free agents Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.

PR07
07-03-2012, 10:23 PM
If you fail the first time, try, try again

Adrian Wojnarowski ‏@WojYahooNBA
Dallas is considering this too: Take a step back, clear cap space for the summer of 2013 and chase free agents Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.

Only problem is that Dirk isn't getting younger, seems kind of a waste. Don't get me wrong, he'll always be able to shoot but he probably only has a few peak years left.

Smoothdave1
07-03-2012, 10:32 PM
In other news, grass is green, water is wet and the sun is hot. Did anyone ACTUALLY think he'd leave 25 million on the table? Let's face reality and no athlete has ever turned down an extra 25 mil guaranteed and D-Will wasn't going to be the first.

15th parallel
07-03-2012, 10:37 PM
It's an investment at the same time for the Nets, who are looking at making their team marketable at this point. Their move to Brooklyn will fail if they don't have a top-tier player like Williams.

ksuttonjr76
07-03-2012, 11:07 PM
In other news, grass is green, water is wet and the sun is hot. Did anyone ACTUALLY think he'd leave 25 million on the table? Let's face reality and no athlete has ever turned down an extra 25 mil guaranteed and D-Will wasn't going to be the first.

The REALITY is that the Nets are putting together one hell of a team, and they still have the chance to get Dwight Howard. Deron would have been a complete fool to go to Dallas considering the team being constructed.

pacer4ever
07-03-2012, 11:23 PM
In other news, grass is green, water is wet and the sun is hot. Did anyone ACTUALLY think he'd leave 25 million on the table? Let's face reality and no athlete has ever turned down an extra 25 mil guaranteed and D-Will wasn't going to be the first.

It isnt even 25m unless Dwill really slows down and has to retire before his next contract :laugh: he will likley get anothe contract near max money just maybe not 5 years again though probably a 3 or 4 year deal If I had to guess.


Dwill will be a 10 vet on his next deal so the max will be 35% of the cap (20,315,400)

with annual raises he really isnt turning money down unless he really starts to suck or gets a career injury(which is possible)

cdash
07-03-2012, 11:31 PM
I am probably in the minority on this, but I still don't think the Nets will be that good.

Steagles
07-03-2012, 11:36 PM
I am probably in the minority on this, but I still don't think the Nets will be that good.

I think they can be but won't be.


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