Brooklyn Nets' free-agent point guard Deron Williams is inching closer and closer to decision time, and he's reportedly set to meet with representatives from both the Nets and Dallas Mavericks on Monday in New York, according to ESPN.
Williams has widely been pegged as the most coveted free agent of this summer's class, and it's virtually been a two-team race throughout the entire process. He'll likely make his decision before the U.S. national team's workouts begin on July 7.
ESPN also reported that Williams has been spending a lot of time with Jason Kidd, who will follow Williams and sign with whichever team D-Will chooses.
One of the game's best point guards has many reasons to consider each team. The Mavericks, just one year removed from an NBA title, look to be a more solid team. And alongside fellow star Dirk Nowitzki, they would be an offensive powerhouse.
Although, Dallas looked lethargic throughout all of the 2011-12 season and aren't considered title contenders at the moment. But that all changes if Williams chooses to take his talents to Texas.
Williams came to the Nets with long-term aspirations that their hungry front office would build a team of stars around him, but they've failed so far in doing so. Williams loves New York and is undoubtedly excited about their new start in Brooklyn, but his first priority is winning a championship and it's unclear how high his chances are of doing so in a Nets uniform.
Brooklyn has seemed like the inevitable destination for Williams long term with the money they're willing to spend, but with the Mavericks being strong contenders now, he could like his chances of winning more games beside Nowitzki.
Kidd may not be the only one waiting to see where a peer decides to go before making a decision. The Nets have publicly heralded Orlando Magic stud Dwight Howard. His arrival in Brooklyn could bode well for their chances of retaining Williams, but they're running out of time to do so.
The 28-year-old is at the top of his prime, but has not had the chance to play for a legitimate title contender yet in his career after a stint with the Utah Jazz that put him on the map nationally.
Williams is a three-time All Star and asserted himself as one of the most dangerous scorers in the NBA last season, when he went for 57 points against the Charlotte Bobcats in March.
There's no doubt Williams' decision will shape the fate of each of these teams' chances of winning championships in the near future.
Fortunately for the Nets and Mavericks, we'll find out sooner rather than later.
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