Deron Williams Rumors: Are the Dallas Mavericks Ready To Replace Kidd at PG?

Tom LeonardContributor IIIDecember 6, 2011

Texas-native Deron Williams would be a great candidate to replace Jason Kidd as Dallas's point guard in 2012.
Texas-native Deron Williams would be a great candidate to replace Jason Kidd as Dallas's point guard in 2012.Warren Little/Getty Images

The Dallas Mavericks were one of the oldest teams in the NBA last season, making their storybook run to the team's first championship that much more impressive.

With nine players currently on their roster with at least 10 years of professional basketball experience, the Mavericks are not getting any younger and cannot expect much more playoff success unless they pick up some fresh, young talent.

All five starters for Dallas during last season's title run were above the age of 30, with backup point guard Jose Juan Barea being the only player under 30 to see any significant floor time.

Future hall-of-famer Jason Kidd is now 39 years old, and it surprises many fans that he seems ready to suit up for at least one more NBA season.

Once Kidd retires, the Dallas Mavericks are left with no real option as their starting point guard. Barea, despite an outstanding showing during the playoffs, still just doesn't have the height to be seriously considered for a starting point guard role for Dallas. Second-year Frenchman Rodrigue Beaubois, like Barea, is a little ball of energy, but plays more like a scorer than a passer.

The point guard is the most important position on the floor, and if Barea and Beaubois aren't going to be the ones to replace Jason Kidd then the Mavericks are going to need to look some where else to find somebody to get the ball to Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki, and fast.

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The Mavericks' front office could have picked up a quality point man in the 2011 draft, but instead missed their chance by opting to trade both of their picks to acquire Spanish swingman Rudy Fernandez from the Portland Trail Blazers.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  NBA player Deron Williams arrives to the T-Mobile Magenta Carpet at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game on February 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Unfortunately for Dallas, this year's class of free agent floor generals is quite unimpressive, with Aaron Brooks, Rodney Stuckey and T.J Ford leading the pack. 

If the ever-aging Mavericks can be patient for one more season with Jason Kidd, a tremendous opportunity will present itself to them next offseason. 

Deron Williams of the newly-relocated Brooklyn Nets becomes an unrestricted free agent after this year, and would be a nearly perfect fit for Mark Cuban's team.

Williams grew up near Dallas in The Colony, Texas, where he was a state-champion amateur wrestler in middle school and a five-star basketball prospect in high school.

The 27-year-old Williams, an all-star in both 2010 and 2011, is considered one of the top all-around point guards in the NBA, averaging 17 points and nine assists per game over his seven-year career.

The Mavericks are currently letting free agent players Barea, Caron Butler and Tyson Chandler flirt with offers from other teams. Without them eating up cap space this year, Dallas could hypothetically be able to sign "D-Will" to a max contract in 2012.

On Monday, Williams told the New York Media that he's "90 percent" sure that he'll return to the Nets next season, expecting legitimate improvement from his team this season.

However, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, the Mavericks are banking on the Nets struggling this season unless they can somehow sign a big name like Nene Hilario or Dwight Howard.

If Mark Cuban's team can free up enough cap space by 2012, don't be surprised if they give Deron Williams an offer he can't refuse. The Mavericks are desperate to get younger talent at the point guard position and Williams will want an opportunity to win his first championship, so the deal would be a perfect fit for both sides.

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