Deron Williams has agreed to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks for one year and $10 million, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Williams, 32, took a buyout from the Brooklyn Nets this time last year and signed a two-year deal with his hometown Mavericks. After a solid year, he declined to exercise his $5.6 million player option, and he ended up getting himself a raise.
Williams used to be one of the best point guards in the league, but those days are long gone because of injuries. He appeared in 65 games last season and missed most of Dallas' first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and that felt like a relatively healthy season for him. When Williams was on the court, he averaged 14.1 points, 5.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds for the Mavericks. Those are fine numbers, and this contract is a fair deal for a starter.
It is unlikely that either side is jumping for joy about this partnership, as Williams would probably prefer to be on a true contender and Dallas would love to find its point guard of the future. The teams that are chasing championships don't need Williams, though, and the point guards left on the free agent market -- Brandon Jennings, Ty Lawson, Mario Chalmers, Langston Galloway -- are not necessarily upgrades for the Mavericks. Staying together made the most sense, at least for a year.