Ken Berger of CBSSports reported Tuesday that the Dallas Mavericks are growing concerned that free agent point guard Deron Williams will re-sign with the New Jersey Nets.
Mark Cuban n’ crew evidently consider themselves merely a “darkhorse” to nab the All-Star guard…the major reason being the extra year and $26 million that Mikhail Prokhorov can offer.
Far be it from me to dispute a well-respected journalist, but if D-Will stays with the Nets I will gladly treat him to dinner…any restaurant of his choosing.
See, I follow the NBA as closely as anyone (not named David Stern). What I have seen over the past year and a half in Newark, New Jersey has given me little faith that Deron will stay with that franchise.
When he was traded there from Utah last year, I thought he’d embrace playing for former point guard and NBA champion Avery Johnson. You’d think the relationship between head coach and point guard would be something special in New Jersey…..hardly. I can’t even remember a time I saw them speaking together, other than in a timeout. Where was the dap, the inside jokes between two famous floor generals? It was nver there.
Maybe I just expected too much from Williams. When he signed with Besiktas during the Lockout, my sources overseas (to a man) let me know how much respect he lost in the basketball community abroad. Instead of joining a European powerhouse like CSKA Moscow or Barcelona, he took the easy road and went down to play for the Turkish playboys of professional sports. It wasn’t about basketball for Deron, it was about the other stuff. Maybe that’s a reason he may end up staying with the Nets…the chance to play in New York and enjoy all the ‘other’ things that has to offer. Afterall, going home isn’t as big a factor in the NBA as the media makes it out to be.
Williams doesn’t quite have the same attitude as a Kobe Bryant or a Chris Paul…where respect is the ultimate currency. Nah, Deron is a different breed. His skills are beyond contest….but his perspective isn’t.
Here’s a pre-emptive message to Deron Williams…..Welcome Home.
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