All-Star point guard Deron Williams decided recently on sticking up with his current basketball team the Brooklyn Nets. On Tuesday night, he made this very tough decision and announced on his Twitter account that he will remain with the team. His tweeted message was followed by a link to a picture of the logo of the Nets. ESPN.com also confirmed William’s decision to go on with the team.
According to sources, his contract for five years with Nets will be worth ninety-eight million dollars. The franchise also plans on making Williams its official face and might be moving into the one billion dollar Barclays Center by next season.
Aside from Nets, he was also offered a contract by his hometown Dallas Mavericks. Unfortunately the team can only offer a four-year contract that is equivalent to seventy-five million dollars, which is more than twenty million short of his upcoming contract with the Nets. The amount offered by the Mavs is based on the rules drawn inside their collective bargaining agreement. Williams said before that there is a big possibility that he would agree to sign up again with the Nets if they could work around a compromise.
Aside from enjoying living in Manhattan together with his whole family, he also appreciates the different endorsements and marketing opportunities he has been receiving. He also mentioned that has a great working relationship with coach Avery Johnson and with the team’s general manager Billy King. Williams was originally from Utah Jazz before being traded to the Brooklyn Nets. He started playing for the Nets on February 23, 2011. Last season, out of fifty-five games he was able to average twenty-one points with 8.7 assists.
Aside from Williams, other players for the Nets are also being negotiated under the administration of its current general manager and assistant general manager Billy King and Bobby Marks. They are very busy in finalizing their team while it is still off-season. Among the players that have already verbal agreements with them are rugged rebounder Reggie Evans, who agreed on a sign-and-trade contract and Mirza Teletovic, who is a stretch forward. Forward Gerald Wallace was also re-signed while shooting guard from Atlanta Hawks Joe Johnson was traded.
Finalization of their official contracts is until July 11, 2012; at the moment all deals are via verbal agreements. Aside from them, Brook Lopez, who plays center for the Nets at the moment might also be re-signed. He is currently on restricted free agent and could be Nets’ next deal to seal if the deal with Orlando Magic’s center Dwight Howard, who wants to be traded to the Nets, never materializes.
According to sources, Mavericks were already advised, ahead of the time, by agent Jeff Schwartz about William’s decision. They were also notified last Tuesday Night. Officials of the team declined to comment on the matter. Some sources say that Mavs planned on pursuing back Steve Nash in case Williams decided on not pushing through with their team. However aside from them, Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks are also in the middle of pursuing him.