• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Mavericks PG Deron Williams (calf) to miss preseason opener

    Mavericks point guard Deron Williams (calf) will sit out the Mavericks' preseason opener Tuesday against the Nuggets, Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com reports.Williams has been nursing a minor calf injury throughout training camp, but he's apparently made strides in his recovery of late. On Monday, coach Rick Carlisle relayed that Williams "significantly" increased his activity in practice, though he hasn't yet been cleared to take contact. Carlisle suggested earlier in camp that Williams would be limited throughout the preseason, but there doesn't seem to be much worry that he'll be at risk of missing the Oct. 28 regular-season opener in Phoenix.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Mavericks' Deron Williams entering season healthy

    Mavericks guard Deron Williams underwent surgery on both ankles this offseason and said Monday that he's entering camp at 100 percent, Earl Sneed of Mavs.com reports. Williams' tumultuous time with the Nets came to an end this offseason, as he was bought out in July and subsequently signed by the Mavericks. The veteran has certainly lost a step since his days as a perennial All-Star with the Jazz, but at 31 years old he'll look to prove he still has something left in the tank. Starting fresh was the theme of Williams' conversation at Monday's media day, and he'll certainly have the opportunity to start anew with the new-look Mavericks. Williams will open the season as the starting point guard and figures to see big minutes after averaging 13.0 points and 6.6 assists in 31.1 minutes per game for Brooklyn in 2014-15.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Mavericks signing of Deron Williams is official

    The Mavericks officially signed guard Deron Williams, the team announced on Tuesday. Williams was released by Brooklyn earlier in the week. He's one of five active players with 12,000 points and 6,000 assists.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Report: G Deron Williams clears waivers, set to join Mavericks

    Guard Deron Williams has cleared waivers and appears set to sign a two-year deal with the Mavericks totaling $10 million, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Williams, who was a disappointment with Brooklyn, was released by that team Saturday.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Nets announce release of PG Deron Williams

    An inability to work out a trade involving embattled point guard Deron Williams has motivated the Nets to release him. General manager Billy King made that announcement Saturday, per NBA.com. Williams, who is expected to sign a two-year, $10 million deal with his hometown Mavericks on Monday, per the Dallas Morning News, proved disappointing with Brooklyn after a stellar career with Utah. He bottomed out last year by averaging 13.0 points, his lowest total since his rookie season. He shot easily a career-worst 38.7 percent from the floor and averaged just 6.6 assists per game. Williams would have a chance with Dallas to replace another backcourt disappointment in Rajon Rondo, who left to sign with Sacramento.

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Report: Deron Williams gets buyout from Nets, to join Mavericks

    The Nets and point guard Deron Williams have agreed to part ways. The two sides have come to a buyout agreement that will help him become a free agent and join the Mavericks, per ESPN.com. Williams will receive between $25-to-$30 million from the Nets as part of the buyout, and once he clears waivers and becomes a free agent, will sign a two-year deal with Dallas in the $10 million range. Williams went through one of his worst seasons in his career last year, averaging just 13 points and 6.6 assists per game for the Nets.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Report: Nets G Deron Williams seeks release to join Mavericks

    Embattled All-Star guard Deron Williams is seeking his release from the Nets to pursue a contract with his hometown Mavericks, league sources have told ESPN. New Jersey has been trying to move both Williams and backcourt mate Joe Johnson before the start of next season. Williams has two years remaining on a contract that will still pay him $43.3 million. The team has so far been unsuccessful. The Nets vastly prefer dealing Williams rather than giving him his release, but trade talks have gone nowhere. Williams has been considered an underachiever since joining the Nets. He shot a career-low 38.7 percent from the floor last year.

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Nets GM Billy King says team will not buyout PG Deron Williams

    Nets general manager Billy King said the team will not look to stretch or buyout the contract of point guard Deron Williams, per thebrooklyngame.com. Williams is owed $43 million over the next two seasons. He averaged just 13 points and 6.6 assists per game while shooting a career-low 38.7 percent from the field last season.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Report: Nets don't want to buyout Deron Williams

    Although Nets guard Deron Williams is due $43 million over the next two seasons, the Nets have no interest in buying out his contract, sources told NBA.com. Williams averaged 13.0 points during the 2014-15 season, but he shot a career-low 38.7 percent from the field. He also missed 14 games due to a variety of injuries.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Nets want Brook Lopez back, but open to dealing other stars

    The Nets want center Brook Lopez back. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson? Not so much. General manager Billy King confirmed Wednesday his commitment to sign Lopez if, as expected, he opts out of his contract in favor of unrestricted free agency in July. "For us to get in the playoffs that stretch, [Lopez] was the guy who carried us," King told the New York Post. "He was our best player. Without Brook Lopez, there's no way we even get to where we go to this year. "I'll say it again: We want him back. I want him back, [coach] Lionel [Hollins] wants him back, ownership wants him back. We've all said it. There shouldn't be any more doubts about it." King, however, is open to trading Williams and Johnson. "We're going to explore all options, as we have [previously]," he added. "Will there be a trade? There could be, but I'm not sure." Though his numbers were down from the previous year, Lopez was particularly productive as the Nets fought for and won a playoff spot. He finished the season averaging 17.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.