One of the more interesting recent NBA rumors is that one of the most highly sought-after free agents of the summer, point guard Deron Williams, and NBA legend Jason Kidd could be a package deal.
Williams is set to meet with his two primary suitors, the Dallas Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets this coming Monday, and tweeted out on Thursday he had just finished playing a round of golf with Jason Kidd at the East Hampton Golf Club in New York state.
This sparked plenty of rumors, and reports surfaced Kidd would sign his next deal with whichever team Williams chooses in his free agent sweepstakes.
The Nets, presumably, will offer Williams the offer to become the marquee player on a team beginning its next chapter in a major media market which will help him to increase his visibility both on and off the court.
The Nets also have the upper-hand in terms of the longevity of the contractual agreement, given they can offer Williams a five-year deal, while other teams– even Mark Cuban’s Mavericks who never shy away from spending money on players they want in the fold– can only offer four.
Dallas, on the other hand, is working to sell Williams on the chance to again be a local hero, and take the Mavericks back to the playoff promised land. Williams played his high school basketball at The Colony High School, a northern suburb of Dallas, and still has plenty of family and friends who live in the year.
Depending on how you look at it, this could either be a huge selling point for the Mavericks, or could be just the type of distraction Williams wishes to avoid entering into what is arguably the most important stretch of his already accomplished pro basketball career.
Monday will be an interesting day for fans of both teams, Jay-Z, Mark Cuban, and everyone else involved in the process.
Will Jason Kidd stay with the Mavericks to wrap up a career which is certain to end with a quick, first-ballot entrance into the Hall of Fame, or will he return with D-Will to a new, “former” stomping grounds in Brooklyn to make one last run at glory.
Only Deron Williams knows for sure.
Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
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