The team attempted to trade Williams, but ESPN reports those efforts have gone nowhere.
A buyout, if Williams’ representatives and the Nets can come to terms, would be Brooklyn’s preference compared to outright waiving the 31-year-old.
According to Marc Stein from ESPN.com, there have been rumblings around the National Basteball Association that Williams might end up returning to the Utah Jazz if he’s bought out by the Nets. Williams is set to make $43 million over the next two years, which is a lot of money for an erratic 13 points and 6.6 assists per game (his per-game averages last year).
Then he would go home and sign with the Dallas Mavericks.
31-year old Deron Williams is from The Colony, and this would be a chance for him to play with the hometeam.
It comes as no surprise the Mavericks are open to new possibilities for upgrading their roster after missing out on DeAndre Jordan following a freakish saga. His career took a steep dive in Brooklyn after dealing with chronic ankle issues. Meanwhile the Brooklyn Nets are trying hard to get away from the extensive luxury tax penalties that the team will incur unless it deals away some of the big contracts. Back when the Nets were moving to Brooklyn in 2012, the Dallas Mavericks were the one threat to the Nets’ hopes in re-signing the star point guard.
With mutual interest between Williams and the Mavs, it seems likely something will happen, as long as the Nets can agree on a buyout plan.
Because of Williams’s salary, the Nets do not want to just release him, even though it would allow them to pay what is owed to Williams over the next five seasons.
Ironically, when the Nets acquired Williams from Utah in 2011, the reason he was available was because the Jazz suspected he already was plotting to head to the Mavericks the following summer as a free agent.
Right now, the Dallas Mavericks are scouring the National Basteball Association to figure out how to unearth a starting point guard.