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Deron Williams to re-sign with Nets
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On July 3, 2012 @ 9:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
Free-agent guard Deron Williams is staying with the Brooklyn Nets.
Tuesday night, Williams tweeted, “Made a very difficult decision today …,” and he added a link to a photo of the Nets’ logo.
Williams’ decision to stay with the Nets was confirmed by multiple media outlets, and his contract will be a five-year deal worth between $98 million and $100 million.
Williams, 28, picked the Nets over the Dallas Mavericks, who could offer no more than a four-year, $75 million deal because of limitations in the collective bargaining agreement.
The Nets are making a lot of moves, re-signing forward Gerald Wallace and trading for Joe Johnson, and they reportedly are trying to work out a deal that would bring Orlando center Dwight Howard to Brooklyn.
If they can’t obtain Howard, the Nets will probably try to re-sign free agent center Brook Lopez and free-agent forward Kris Humphries.
Williams has said he’s enjoyed living in New York with his family and liked the marketing opportunities available there.
Williams was traded from the Utah Jazz to the Nets on Feb. 23, 2011. He averaged 15.0 points and 12.8 assists in 12 games with the Nets in 2010-2011, then averaged 21.0 points and 8.7 assists in 55 games for the Nets this past season. He’s been an All-Star each of the past three seasons.
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