Brooklyn Nets free agent point guard Deron Williams is scheduled to meet with the Dallas Mavericks on Monday to the delight of many DFW-area sports fans. Since the Mavericks were swept in the first round of the Western Conference Finals by the eventual conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder, the Dallas faithful have been clamoring for Williams. On Sunday night, Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant joined the effort.
A Lufkin, Texas native, Bryant grew up a Cowboys fan and dreamed of playing for the team one day. Williams grew up even closer to the Mavericks, attending The Colony High School in northern Dallas. Now he has a chance to sign with his hometown team, which is throwing itself at him.
Williams has already stated he’ll only meet with the Mavericks and Nets, so Dallas doesn’t have much competition. Williams’ decision might hinge on where fellow free agent Dwight Howard signs, but that’s just speculation.
Regardless, Bryant did his duty as a fellow Texas native and Mavericks fan by letting Williams know his preference of where the All-Star point guard should play. Whether that will affect Williams’ decision one iota is doubtful, but you can bet Dallas sports fans everywhere appreciate the gesture.
The Mavericks won their first title last year, but fell off big time in their encore season and need a boost like Williams to get back to contender form before star forward Dirk Nowitzki and current point guard Jason Kidd retire. As for Bryant and the Cowboys, they’re just getting started.