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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'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 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.


Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 1:04 pm

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

The thing is, you can't just go over signing incomming free agents. Most of the exemptions (some of which no longer exist after the new deal) involve resigning existing players. Also things like the mid-level exepmtion, which don't come into play here. If they have 33 on the books going into free agency the only thing they could do would be to move a player or work a sign and trade, and unless they're going to trade Dirk (they're not) I don't see how they could do that.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:51 pm

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

pay no attention to the 58 mil cap..
lakers payroll is almost 90 mil this year,,,kobe and pau earn over 43 mil alone..
the 58 is just a number but there are many ways that allow teams to go over...

Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:51 pm

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

Lindro, your out of your mind. The Nets are moving to Brooklyn in October. That puts them in the top media market in the country with 3.5 million people in Brooklyn and another 8 million on the rest of Long Island. Not to mention there new owner is committed to winning and he's a billionaire. I agree that NJ had that 3 year window in the 90's but the Brooklyn Nets will end up being the next Mavericks in the next 3-5 years. I guess you don't remember the old mavericks before Cuban took over. They won 12-20 games per year. The Nets don't have a great history but they have an incredible future.

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:42 pm

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

The nets had that one window years ago with Jason Kidd and probably will never have another one.

Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:33 pm

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

Here's what I kinda don't get - the salary cap is 58 mil this year, and it's unlikely to increase next year. The Mavs currently have 41.4 on the books for next year (and that's assuming the don't exercise their option on Lamar Odom). If they amnesty Haywood, that leaves them at 33 mil. So Williams and Howard are going to accept splitting 25 mil between them? (Which would also leave the Mavs with a total of six players). I guess they could try and move a to-be 34 year old Shawn Marion with two years left on his deal, but seems like you're leave yourself awful thin behind the big three.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:22 pm

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

wow, todays media hangs all over these players comments. what we dont know is what was the question asked to them.  we get a one sided answer and dont even know what the questions were, so lose the contest. reporters have done the same with my minnesota teams. they asked justin morneau what would happen should he get one more concussion, then dog him when he gave an honest answer, even though he has publically stated on record that he feels fine.

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 12:02 pm

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

Dirk is 34 this year. There's no precedent saying he's going to be the same for 3 or 4 more years.   That would make him an extreme outlier among NBA players.

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