We all know about Dallas' big fat absentee from Free Agency this off-season, but Mavericks fans there is hope for 2012! Let us all count down the top 5 reasons Deron Williams will be a Maverick come 2012.
As some may know currently the Dallas Mavericks are currently 20 million over the Salary Cap number for the 2010-11 season. According to HoopsHype's NBA Salary breakdown the Mavericks wouldn't have substantial cap room until the summer of 2012. Which also happens to be Deron Williams' free agent year if he opts out which is all but a given. While the Mavericks will have nearly 25 million in salary cap space if the salary cap is 55 million in 2012. That doesn't mean that Williams would sign just because they have money, but there is 4 other reasons...
Some may know him as the most passionate owner in sports, or others may know him as the most immature owner in sports. I personally prefer the first description. Deron Williams obviously like most players wants to win an NBA Championship, and Mark Cuban is the perfect owner for him. Mark Cuban since he became Mavericks owner in 2000 has gone over the luxury tax number every chance he gets. The reasons for that could include terrible contracts like Erick Dampier, but all this money spent is out of willingness to win. Who doesn't want a George Steinbrenner type owner as the guy? I think Deron would enjoy knowing that his owner would never go into Donald Sterling mode. Which is why Mark is the perfect owner for him.
All basketball fans are familiar with one of the greatest shooting big-men in Dirk Nowitzki. As some may know Dirk doesn't choke in the playoffs. That is a crude and unusual assumption made due to his team losing year after year. I think you would lose year after year if the best supporting you ever had during your prime was Jason Terry? In all honesty it was a miracle the Mavs made the 2006 Finals with Jason Terry as their point guard, but this is about Deron. You have a Dirk and Deron combo, and that's at least 50 wins every season with just those 2. Then you consider after the Mavs signed Deron they'd have 8-9 million to spend on another free agent. The strong free agent class of 2012 includes Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Antawn Jamison, Chauncey Billups, Chris Paul, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, Carmelo Anthony and many others. You'd have to think with Dirk, Shawn Marion, Roddy Beaubois, Dominique Jones and a potential free agent in place that Deron would wanna join this team.
We all know about the Jazz off-season this year. Losing Kyle Korver and Carlos Boozer hurt Deron. They were replaced with Al Jefferson and Gordon Hayward, but is that really an upgrade? Deron recently stated, "It was tough to see Booz (Carlos Boozer) and Kyle (Korver) go. Any time you lose two guys like that you're going to be frustrated." That coupled with the fact the Jazz tried to trade Boozer for 2 years may have pushed Williams away from the Jazz. Jefferson may be a former 25-point and 10 rebound guy, but that was before he tore his ACL. Which since then turned him into a 17 point and 9 rebound guy. Last year he looked slow, out of rhythm, and skipped a game due to being too drunk to play. Does this sound like a guy Deron feels happy about? As for Hayward I admit he is about on par with Korver, but Boozer is far better than Jefferson in every aspect of the game. Jefferson could go to Utah and score 25 a game again, but that's highly unlikely. Boozer was a given to get 20 a night and 12 rebounds with the Jazz, and people took that for granted. Also let us not forget Darko Milicic took Jefferson's job this summer. That is a sad way to leave a team. Especially one of the worst teams, which happened to be his old team. Keep a keen eye on this situation in Utah because Deron might request a trade if Utah doesn't compete next season. Which is unlikely, but there is still a chance.
Deron starred at The Colony High School near Dallas, and last year at the NBA All-Star Game in Dallas he couldn't seem happier to back at home. Now I know what you're thinking...Chris Bosh is from Dallas so this theory is invalid? LeBron James is from Cleveland why did he leave? Well, the Mavericks couldn't sign Bosh due to being over the salary cap limit, and LeBron's Cavaliers weren't exactly the best fit for him. Deron wants to win, and Dallas will do that for him. Dallas is his home; it's where he grew, where he almost won the 5A state championship, and where he will be taking his talents to in 2012.