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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: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:22 pm

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

The Heat is still the franchise to beat in the East.  The Nets could keep Deron Williams, sign Dwight Howard, trade for Derrick Williams and bring in Phil Jackson, yet it won't make a difference.  As long as Wade and Bosh stay healthy and LeBron gets the ball to each of those guys in the playoffs, the Heat will have no trouble getting out of the East.

Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:21 pm

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

Meant to reply to sigma's post...

Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 2:15 pm

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

Great post. There would be no way possible however, for the Nets to keep Brooks and attain Howard. Brooks has amazing potential to be a great player in the league. Nets already cant trade Hump. Besides Brooks, and Lopez he is the Nets only valuable trade asset. So if Dwight wants to be a Net, it would Brooks and Lopez and perhaps Morrow or Farmar in a 3 or 4 team deal. And of course all of the Nets draft picks.

Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:51 am

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

Joke. You people have nothing better to do that stir up nonsense. DO you guys tap phone converstations or something? How do yall know Williams told the Mavericks he wants to join? That was 9 months ago. Since then alot has changed, with the exception that D-Will hasn't opened his mouth and is continuing to play basketball. Howard the same. Bottom line this is all specualtion until an actual deal gets done, I for one wont believe a single thing leaked out. Cause you all like to stir up contraversy when there is nobody talking. 

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:54 am

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

What would really be funny is if D-Will pulled a Elton Brand and induced D-12 to sign with the Nets then left for Dallas.

Since: Feb 27, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 4:05 am
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Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:53 am

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

terrible news for the jigga man and the big russian!  if these guys go to free agency they are screwed. dallas hold all the cards then. cap room, market, championship contenders, dirk, and an owner whome the players love to play for. i would say that is a death sentence for the nets if they take this to the summer. gotta get the trad done now, ink williams and build from there... time to be proactive nets. you missed out on melo. dont let it happen twice!  if the nets miss out on howard and lose williams then they are in purgatory for another 10 years at least.

the next few months WILL determine the next decade for the nets franchise. will it be proactive enough to improve the team and fan base? or will they miss out and become the next charlotte bobcats?

will be very interesting to see...

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 12:37 am

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

Bad report for the Nets. Definitely playing with fire if they wait til the summer for everything to play out.

So would they rather gut the team and the future to have Dwight Howard and Deron Williams, or take a chance and sign Dwight Howard in the summer, along with future draft picks and great young affordable pieces that they can contend for a championship with?

If the Nets trade everything for Howard, I guarantee that they won't win a championship in the next 5 years. If they pick up Howard in the offseason, they have a top 3-4 seed in the east yearly, and have a chance to sneak one away from the Heat who are weak at the Net's strengths.      

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2012 9:46 pm

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

I think this is a real possibility. Lakers have faded as a favorable destination, Nets are horrible and only have a shot before the trade deadline, Dallas makes total sense and Cuban will find a way if the two stars will commit.

What this means is the Heat have their shot at winning this year. Next year with the retooled Mavs, a title will be tougher to obtain.

Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2012 8:50 pm

Report: Williams told Mavs he wants to join

You should all get over it !!
When teams move players on a moments notice - its business!!
When a player wants to determine when and where he goes - its blasphemy!!!
Get Over IT!!! It's about time the Players act as if they are more than a piece of Property
only to be utilized as modern day high priced commodities!!!
Too Bad Sooo Sad for the cry baby Billionaires!!!!!

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