Mavericks a threat to sign Williams

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

According to New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson the team needs to watch the Dallas Mavericks this summer. He thinks that the Mavs are a serious threat to steal Deron Williams from him. No surprise here as the Mavs should have plenty of cap space to sign him or Dwight Howard.

“He’s a threat, OK?” Johnson said of Cuban after the Nets’ practice Monday night at SMU. “I know the guy. I think because of the success he’s had — and I know he got criticized a lot for quote-unquote having all those years where he didn’t win a championship — but he’s had some great success here that rivals any situation. So that’s a threat.” (Tim McMahon – ESPN Dallas)

ESPN even says that what makes Dallas even more of a threat is that Williams is had lots of success in the American Airlines Center. In ten career games he’s averaged 22.3 points on 50.3 shooting from the field. Not bad numbers at all. Deron’s also talked highly of the arena.

“I’ve always liked playing here,” he said. “This is one of my favorite arenas to play in, probably my favorite arena to play in. I just enjoy playing in it. I enjoy playing in front of my friends and family. It’s always good for them to get the chance to see me play.” (Tim McMahon – ESPN Dallas)

I never thought Deron would still be with the Nets when they make their move to Brooklyn. Now that we see what top level teams could be interested in his services then I think it’s even less likely that he makes it too Brooklyn in a Nets uniform.

The good thing he did last night though was not address the rumors.

“I’m just going to play out this season and look at my options after this season,” Williams said, repeating several variations of that statement during a five-minute session with the media. (Tim McMahon – ESPN Dallas)

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