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Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

Posted on: February 26, 2012 11:02 am
 
Deron Williams could be considering Dallas in free agency. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

Hold on, let me barricade this post against the Nets fans hordes who freak out when you talk about any scenario other than Dwight Howard going to Brooklyn. There. Everything has been all quiet on the Dwight Howard front this weekend at All-Star Weekend. No trade rumors, no trade demands, no explosive quotes, no late night meetings between general managers and Howard. But the New York Daily Newsreports of an indication that seems to be gaining steam with a lot of experts, including NBA.com's David Aldridge, among others, that the Mavericks are very much in the heart and mind of Deron Williams. From the Daily News (emphasis mine): 
The ultimate disaster for New Jersey would be if Williams and Howard end up playing together, but not in Brooklyn. With some roster alterations that are doable, including using their one amnesty move on Brendan Haywood, the Mavs could be set up, cap-wise, to accommodate both players.
“The Mavs want to do what Miami did and put together their own big three,’’ said another GM. “That’s their goal.”

Williams privately told members of the Mavs last June during their Finals celebration that he would love to go back home and be a part of team with Dirk Nowitzki. But he said Friday he wants to continue to be a Net. So until further notice, the Nets think they still have a good shot to move into Brooklyn with Williams and Howard.
via Dwight Howard center of attention in Orlando as March 15 deadline to ship Magic Superstar looms - NY Daily News.

You'll remember that Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported last year during All-Star Weekend that Williams had told people close to him he wanted to play in a bigger market. He denied the reports. Then he was traded a few weeks later to the Nets. Williams was indeed in the locker room during the Finals, and his body language certainly indicated a warmth and desire to be a part of the Mavericks.

Know why? They were in the Finals. It could have been Washington Generals and he would have wanted to be a part of it. The Bobcats would look good after taking a lead in the Finals 3-2. 

Williams is from Dallas, that's where all this starts. A return home would make sense. It would also make sense for Dwight Howard, who wants a big market, to compete for a title, supporting stars, and warm weather. (Howard grew up in Georgia and has played in Florida his whole life; you ever tried randomly trying to adjust from that kind of weather to anything north of the Mason-Dixon? It's a nightmare.) So to review, the Mavericks offer:

A super-active owner who often acts as GM and who has shown a committment not only to spending, but spending wisely.

A Hall of Fame power forward scoring machine who should be able to keep playing for three-to-four more years at a high level.

A large market that attracts a lot of attention from sponsors and benefits as the economic center of a state which is essentially its own country.

A favorable tax situation.

Warm weather.

A return home for Deron Williams.

An organization that has won a championship in the past 14 months.

That's a pretty solid package.

And yet, the Nets remain in the lead for the services of both. It comes down to convenience. The Nets have movable pieces. Even if their trade assets aren't as impressive as some, they can still move them. The Mavericks' are all older players and unproven guys. They have no prime components to send Orlando. Howard is willing to wait till this summer to make his decision. But if he gets it settled sooner, all the better as long as it's the right decision. The Nets have the best chance at getting him between now and the trade deadline, and they believe they have the deal.

But if this thing goes to the summer, if it's a free ageny tour between Brooklyn and Dallas for both players, things could get very interesting. The Nets would do well to make sure Mr. Cuban doesn't get a shot in the competition.

(HT: IAmAGM.com
Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:29 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

wow playeers collusion. that's a new theme. if the mavs doget both players, they would give the heat a run for their money.



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:20 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

As a Laker fan, I would hope that the the NBA would not allow this to happen for "basketball reasons".  Cuban can't have it both ways.



Since: Sep 25, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2012 5:03 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

Dallas is going to have a hard time finding the space for D-Will and Dwight. Even if they amnesty Haywood, they would need for Marion to opt out and sign elswhere, and loose millions. That's why Cuban has been pumping up Marion to the press at every opportunity, he wants to move him for an expiring contract, good luck. Could they do kind of what the Spurs did with Richard Jefferson? Possible but not likely. So that would mean D-Will, an older Dirk and little else. The Knicks post Melo should be an examle to all, you still need good role players. (Are you listening King, be patient, you don't need to panic like Dolan). Orlando would be smart to let it play out. You never know, a hot playoff streak and a finals appearance is not a total fantasy adn may be enough to keep D12. At worst, you do a sign a trade for picks, a huge trade exception and build a contender. Just no Lewis types of deals please. In a FA scenario in BK, D-Will and D12 could pair up with Brooks, Lopez, Morrow, Farmar and a high draft pick. A young team that could compete for 6-8 years! If D12 re-ups with Orlando, D-Will will probably end up a Maverick and the BK Nets will hope for a stud in the draft. Dwightmare indeed.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 4:13 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

wait so the orlando magic wanted to file tampering charges on the nets for meeting with Dwight Howard... Why dont the nets do the same to the Mavs. i mean if dwill was in the locker room that must be some form of tampering since he is still on the nets and he was with the mavs during a season... come on nets file tampering charges and strip the mavs of their picks and man up for once and show dwill who means business 
Under NBA rules they don't considered players on different teams who discuss playing together as  tampering, the rule was set for teams and their employees in mind as opposed to players.

The Nets could try to file tampering charges but they are not going to win under NBA current rules



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 3:59 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

You can't really believe cole haslem miller and battier would start on any team; especially a playoff team. If the mavs had deron dwight and dirk they would be a force for the next few years. lebron and wade are great players but bosh should not be in the discussion with the other 5 guys.what team would norris cole start for??



Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 3:48 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

wait so the orlando magic wanted to file tampering charges on the nets for meeting with Dwight Howard... Why dont the nets do the same to the Mavs. i mean if dwill was in the locker room that must be some form of tampering since he is still on the nets and he was with the mavs during a season... come on nets file tampering charges and strip the mavs of their picks and man up for once and show dwill who means business 



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 3:38 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

Dallas would be a force but Miami still has a better team.The Heat bench is the best in the league now w Cole,Haslem,Miller,Battier-these guys all start on any other team and nobody talks about em



Since: Feb 26, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 3:38 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

Knick fans make me laugh. You sure seem worried about the possibility of Deron and Dwight in Brooklyn. Competition is Good!
New Jersey has been a horrible palce to play only the Giants and Jets draw with any regularity, but do you really think if the Nets get these players that they wont do well in Brooklyn because they are the Nets. Come on! Brooklyn people are extremely proud of being from Brooklyn give them a team and you will see plenty of Brooklyn jersies out there. By the way Dallas was horrible for years in the NBA, New England was the laughing stock in the NFL , and Brooklyn is a much larger market. Knick fans stop worriyng about us just because we made you overpay for that ball hog over at Msg! Lol




Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 3:35 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

Nets or Lakers. Down those 2, and the Nets ownership and management is always willing to throw in everything including the kitchen sink to get a player. Its been a desperate organization for a while now and they'll stop at nothing to change that. That latest Lakers rumor does sound good for Orlando though.



Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:33 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join


Who the hell wants to go to NJ or Brooklyn. I am from here. The franchise stinks. There is no reason for Williams or Howard to come here.

 It would be like going to Toronto. Why would you do that??? It only worked for Jason Kidd.    



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