With the NBA season coming to a close, the NBA free agency rumors have been heating up.
Though it’s been rumored to be the case for quite awhile, sources now say that free agent Deron Williams has officially narrowed his future team down to just two choices: his current team, the Brooklyn Nets, or his hometown team, the Dallas Mavericks.
The 27-year-old point guard tops the free agency class this year, and many teams have shown interest, including the Phoenix Suns, the Portland Trailblazers, the Houston Rockets, and the Los Angeles Lakers, in addition to the Mavericks and the Nets.
As the No. 3 overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft, Williams spent the first 5 years of his career with the Utah Jazz before being traded to New Jersey in February of 2011.
Last season with the Nets, Williams averaged 21 points and 8.7 assists per game.
Williams had hoped to stay with the Nets, but when they failed to bring in fellow free agent Dwight Howard by the trade deadline in March, he stated that he would still be keeping his options open.
Now, sources say that with a little less than two weeks to go until free agency begins, Williams has told his agent to tell any teams that call that he will either remain with the Nets as they begin a new era in Brooklyn, New York, or head back to his hometown, Dallas, Texas and play for the Dallas Mavericks.
He has stated all along that he would chose the team with the best chances of competing for a title. A year ago, that would clearly have been the Mavericks, considering they were fresh off their first NBA title. Now, a little over a year later, the current Mavs’ team barely resembles their championship team from the 2010-2011 season, and though they don’t seem to have a clear plan in place to get back there yet, Williams has expressed confidence in Mavs’ owner Mark Cuban’s ability to build a championship team soon.
Nevertheless, the Nets are confident that they will be able to keep Williams in Brooklyn, due in large part to the new marketing opportunities available in the new market, as well as their ability to offer a longer, more lucrative contract than Dallas. They have also not given up on being able to lure Dwight Howard to Brooklyn when it’s all said and done.
No one knows exactly when Deron will make his decision, but those around him say that it will be sooner than later.