Williams re-signs with Nets

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Free agent guard Deron Williams is coming to Brooklyn.

Williams tweeted July 3, "Made a very difficult decision today ...," and he added a link to a photo of the Nets' logo.

Williams' decision to stay with the Nets was confirmed by multiple media outlets, and his contract will be a five-year deal worth between $98 million and $100 million.

Williams, 28, picked the Nets over the Dallas Mavericks, who could offer no more than a four-year, $75 million deal because of limitations in the collective bargaining agreement. He has said he's enjoyed living in New York with his family and liked the marketing opportunities available there.

The star guard was traded from the Utah Jazz to the Nets on Feb. 23, 2011. He averaged 15.0 points and 12.8 assists in 12 games with the Nets in 2010-2011, then averaged 21.0 points and 8.7 assists in 55 games for the Nets this past season. He's been an All-Star each of the past three seasons.

The Nets are making a lot of moves, re-signing forward Gerald Wallace and trading for Joe Johnson, and they reportedly are trying to work out a deal that would bring Orlando center Dwight Howard to Brooklyn.

If they can't obtain Howard, the Nets will probably try to re-sign free agent center Brook Lopez and free-agent forward Kris Humphries.

ESPN.com reported July 3 that the Nets and Magic were discussing a blockbuster deal that would include Brooklyn trading Lopez, Humphries, Marshon Brooks and first-round picks in 2013, 2015 and 2017 to Orlando for Howard.

Brooklyn would also be willing to take back Hedo Turkoglu, who is owed $11.4 million this season and has a player option for $12.2 million next season as part of the deal, according to SI.com.

The Nets reportedly can exceed the salary cap to re-sign Lopez and Humphries because they have "Bird rights" and then deal them to the Magic.

Howard has said in recent days that he is seeking a trade to only one team and that team is believed to be the Nets. It was then thought that the Nets would not have enough pieces to pull together a deal for Howard after they acquired Johnson.

SEASON HIGHLIGHT
On Feb. 28, the Nets upset the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks 93-92 in Dallas as Brook Lopez dominated, scoring 38 points. Two days later, Lopez sprained his right ankle and was lost for the season.

TURNING POINT
No team suffered more injuries than the Nets, who had every player on their roster out of action for some period because of injury. The team lost six players to season-ending injuries and lost a total of 250 games of manpower. "Without question, injuries played a big part of what we were," Nets coach Avery Johnson said. "Without the injuries, I thought we had the makings of a playoff team."

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