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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: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:31 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

lets hope the nba nixes that deal between orlando and los angeles. lakers think they can get their way always. times  need to change.  trade howard to  houston to make a statement. if you dont want to play for us, then we will ship you to shitty teams.



Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:26 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join




Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:25 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

Howard,williams,Dirk,Marion and Carter/West as staring five....Terry,Brendan wright,and maybe a disgrunted Stephen Jackson?  Oh Baby,it could be fun for 2-3 yrs...I could just hear the Miami cry babies!



Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 2:24 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

BRING IT ON HOME DERON!!! If Cuban can pull this off he'll have two more rings to wear.  No way anyone could compete with Deron, Howard, and Dirk on one team.  That would be the best thing since sliced bread and put the final nail in Miami's coffin of championship hopes!  I LOVE IT!!!



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:32 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

Matt, what's this about no trade rumors at the All-Star Weekend involving Dwight Howard? The Orlando Sentinel today mentions a rumor that Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson would be dealt to the Lakers for Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. In addition, the Magic also would obtain PG Jose Calderon from Toronto to replace Nelson. What Toronto would get out of the deal is not known but it has been reported that the Raptors are interested in trading Calderon to make room for improving Bayless.
   The Sentinel said the deal could be done by March 1, the first day free agents who signed in the off-season could be dealt.
   Count on this. The Magic are intent on making sure they get quality players for Howard in contrast to 1996 when they were left empty handed when Shaq O'Neal bolted to the Lakers as a free agent.



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:30 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

Matt, what's this about no trade rumors at the All-Star Weekend involving Dwight Howard? The Orlando Sentinel today mentions a rumor that Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson would be dealt to the Lakers for Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. In addition, the Magic also would obtain PG Jose Calderon from Toronto to replace Nelson. What Toronto would get out of the deal is not known but it has been reported that the Raptors are interested in trading Calderon to make room for improving Bayless.
   The Sentinel said the deal could be done by March 1, the first day free agents who signed in the off-season could be dealt.
   Count on this. The Magic are intent on making sure they get quality players for Howard in contrast to 1996 when they were left empty handed when Shaq O'Neal bolted to the Lakers as a free agent.
       



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:30 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

Matt, what's this about no trade rumors at the All-Star Weekend involving Dwight Howard? The Orlando Sentinel today mentions a rumor that Howard, Hedo Turkoglu and Jameer Nelson would be dealt to the Lakers for Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. In addition, the Magic also would obtain PG Jose Calderon from Toronto to replace Nelson. What Toronto would get out of the deal is not known but it has been reported that the Raptors are interested in trading Calderon to make room for improving Bayless.
   The Sentinel said the deal could be done by March 1, the first day free agents who signed in the off-season could be dealt.
   Count on this. The Magic are intent on making sure they get quality players for Howard in contrast to 1996 when they were left empty handed when Shaq O'Neal bolted to the Lakers as a free agent.
       



Since: May 24, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:27 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

It is going to take OKC winning the NBA Championship for any correction to be realized.  Why would players NOT want to go to bigger markets if they are after the almight $ and not winning (as many pretend to be)?
D Rose just gets a $200M+ ENDORSEMENT deal!?  Would that happen if he played in Utah or OKC or Charlotte?  They have fixed some things with the CBA but if a player now has a chance at that kind of money aside from on court performance....things are going to get interesting in Miami, Chicago, NY, Dallas....the big players.
 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:09 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

So much for trying to prevent big market teams from loading up and screwing the small market teams.
What a gd joke the NBA has become.



Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:07 pm
 

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

Also don't forget when trying to figure any Mavs trade possibilities they have no first in 2012, and can't trade their own first in 2013.


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