Sources: Deron Williams' List of Desired Teams Narrowed to 2
It may not be much, because the man hasn't said anything—and will continue to say nothing until the time has come—about where he wants to play next year, but Deron Williams will reportedly sign with either one of two teams when free agency begins July 1.
And if you've been living under a rock as of late, it's not difficult to figure out who those two teams are.
ESPN.com's Marc Stein has reported that sources close to the free-agent All-Star point guard say that Williams has narrowed down his choices of desirable teams to his current team, the Brooklyn Nets, or his hometown Dallas Mavericks.
Now before everyone gets too excited about what this story has provided, and although Stein is one of the more credible and factual journalists out there, sources are never a good thing to hear from. When the sources don't give their names out to the public, it almost seems asinine to even fathom if they're true or not.
But this is a great starting point, nonetheless. And if you're a Dallas Mavericks fan, you can be excited in knowing that the sprint for the future of the franchise is underway.
We are one week away from one of the most anticipated free-agency periods in Mavs history, where Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson have the chance to spend a lot of money for the first time since Cuban bought the team over 10 years ago.
Looking at comparing what the Nets can offer as compared to Dallas, Brooklyn has two enticing offers they can use for their pitch to D-Will: more money and a new life in New York after spending many years in New Jersey.
Where will Deron Williams be residing after free agency?
The Nets can offer Williams a five-year contract in the realm of $100 million, whereas Dallas can only throw four years and around $75 million, along with incentives along the way, such as a no-trade clause, etc.
But in terms of winning, there's a good shot that Dallas can offer more in terms of contention to Williams as opposed to Brooklyn.
Dallas may be coming off a first-round sweep to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but due to their cap space forthcoming—along with the possibility of using the amnesty clause on Brendan Haywood—they can put another key piece or maybe two around D-Will and Dirk Nowitzki, along with re-signing some key players to the minimum to fill the roster.
Brooklyn, on the other hand, has some nice young talent in the likes of Gerald Green, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez, but one has to wonder if the Eastern Conference is too stacked for a team like the Nets to make some serious noise come playoff time.
The Mavs would immediately jump back into big-time contention if they brought Williams back home to Dallas and would be put into the fray as one of the top four teams in the West once again.
And if we're looking along those lines, then what Williams told the Los Angeles Times back on June 6 will play a big implication on where he will go come July:
"I want to go to a place where I feel like they will have a chance to build and build fast," Williams said. "I'm not really in the mood for being part of a rebuilding process. I'm getting older. I'm about to be 28. I want to win. I want to win now. Also, I want to live in a place where I want to live and my kids will enjoy living. That's pretty much it."
With a week to go before July 1, I think it's safe to say that the Deron Williams sweepstakes have officially begun.
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