Free Agent point guard Deron Williams has narrowed his choices for his next home in the Association to just two teams, according to a report published by “ESPN.com.” The website’s sources are saying that the only two franchises still in the running for D-Will, are the Brooklyn Nets and the Dallas Mavericks. Now it is up to the guard to choose which scenario is more enticing for him; being the go-to player for the Nets as they begin anew, in a state of the art arena in their new home in Brooklyn, or to join Dirk Nowitzki and company on a quest to return to the NBA Finals and win another Championship next June.
Although many other clubs would love to have the point guard on their roster, the report states that Williams has informed his agent that he will reject any other suitors. Although, the All-Star could sign a longer and more lucrative deal with Brooklyn, however the Mavericks are hoping to lure him away by convincing him that he could be the player that helps Dallas capture their second NBA Title in three years.
Nets General Manager Billy King will try to re-sign Free Agent forward Gerald Wallace and is still hoping to land Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard, as the big man’s long-term status with Orlando is still in limbo. The Magic would want Nets talented young center Brook Lopez as the centerpiece of any deal with Brooklyn. They would have to be assured that he is completely recovered from the injuries that caused him to miss a great deal of this past season.
Brooklyn is also hoping that the comfort and familiarity he has with head coach Avery Johnson and his system, plus being in the media capital of the Planet, will also help convince D-Will to sign on for another tour of duty with the club.
Dallas made their intentions clear that they were going to make an all-out push to sign Williams this summer, before the start of this past season, when they allowed Caron Butler. Tyson Chandler and Jose Juan Barea to sign with other teams, to clear salary-cap space for the upcoming campaign. Williams came to prominence playing high-school ball in Dallas and his mother still lives in the area. The Mavericks have a far better shot at being legitimate contenders to get back to the Finals next June with Williams on their roster than the Nets do, barring any major moves that Brooklyn would make between now and next year’s NBA trade deadline.