OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 28: Jason Kidd #2 of the Dallas Mavericks recovers a ball as James Harden #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder slides past in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on April 28, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Oklahoma City defeated Dallas 99-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
Jason Kidd and Deron Williams spent time together in the days leading up to Williams' decision to re-sign with the Nets. In an interview with ESPN Dallas, Kidd says that Williams was "very close to going to Dallas."
"Brooklyn made moves that improved the roster dramatically and he saw things were going that way," Kidd said. "That would be my opinion from looking on the outside. He felt that if Dirk [Nowitzki] goes down he's sitting with himself."
There were reports that Kidd and Williams were a package deal, but Kidd seems to be leaning toward re-signing with the Mavs, saying, "It's just a matter if we can get a deal done with [Mark] Cuban that he feels is right."
Meanwhile, in an interview with NBA TV Tuesday night, David Aldridge said the Mavericks bid for Williams was $5 million short of the max, meaning the disparity between the Brooklyn and Dallas offers was about $30 million. Aldridge said the Mavs had "other things" they needed to do with the additional cap space.
- Kidd says Williams was 'very close' to joining Mavericks - Jeff Caplan - ESPN Dallas