NBA Rumors: Joe Johnson Trade Should Send Deron Williams to the Dallas Mavericks

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 10:  Deron Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets looks on in the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Prudential Center on April 10, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.  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 Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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If Deron Williams wants to win right away he should go to the Dallas Mavericks instead of re-signing with the Brooklyn Nets.

His current team just mortgaged their future for Joe Johnson and his astronomically bad contract. They dealt five expiring contracts for one 31-year old wing who averaged less than 19 points a game last year and will be making around $20 million a year for the next five seasons.

That's about one-third of Brooklyn's cap space for the next half-decade.

By dealing most (not all, they still have Marshon Brooks and a 2013 first-round pick) of their tradable assets and absorbing Johnson's salary, Brooklyn pretty much took themselves out of the immediate running for Dwight Howard.

So, why would Deron Williams re-sign with the Nets now? Your guess is as good as mine.

If the chase is really down to just the Nets and Mavericks, it makes little sense for Williams not to head to Dallas.

The Mavericks won the championship in 2011, have Dirk Nowitzki on their roster and cap space to sign other solid players even after adding Deron Williams.

Dallas could still make a decent offer to the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard after signing Williams as well. If Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson managed to pull off that coup even LeBron James and the Miami Heat would have to worry.


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