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Deron Williams Rumors: Mavericks Must Do Whatever It Takes to Get D-Will

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 13:  Deron Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets in action during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 13, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Nets defeated the Suns 110-103.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 27, 2012

Mark Cuban didn’t blow up a championship team for nothing.

In 2011, the Dallas Mavericks imposed their will on the NBA and won the title. In 2012, they were embarrassed by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the playoffs.

What happened? Cuban isn’t used to winning late in the season, that’s what happened. He allowed Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea and DeShawn Stevenson—players who played key roles in the Mavs’ Finals run—to walk because he reportedly wanted to reel in Deron Williams and Dwight Howard this summer.

D12 didn’t opt out, causing Cuban’s dream of a Big Three to go up in smoke. And now Ken Berger of CBS Sports is reporting the Brooklyn Nets have the inside track on re-signing D-Will. If that happens, Dallas is screwed.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 21:  Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban looks on in the first quarter as the Mavericks take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Oklahoma City Arena on May 21, 2
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Cuban can’t allow it. He must do whatever it takes to convince Williams to spurn the Nets.

Sell him that the Mavs are his best shot for a ring. It shouldn’t be that difficult. While Dallas still boasts a roster featuring Dirk Nowitzki, Brooklyn’s next best player is a seven-footer that averages fewer than six boards a game in Brook Lopez.

Sell him Dallas. Williams grew up in a suburb of the city. In the race for his services, being close to home while playing around family and friends is a selling point the Mavericks must take advantage of.

And with Cuban’s massive ego, he should have no problem selling arguably the Mavs’ greatest edge: himself. Despite their frequent postseason collapses, Cuban’s ability to build a winner is undeniable. Mikhail Prokhorov has yet to gain any credibility in the league and his dedication to the Nets is debatable.

While the Mavericks are capable of clearing plenty of cap room to make a big splash in free agency, there are no big splashes to make outside of Williams. Steve Nash is the next best unrestricted free agent available.

If the Mavs fail to sign Williams, they won’t be a legitimate contender this season and, even worse, they’d waste one of the 34-year-old Nowitzki’s last few years in the league.

 

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.

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