Deron Williams finished with 20 points and seven assists in the Dallas Mavericks' 107-94 victory over the New York Knicks. The former face of the Nets franchise has played a crucial role in the Mavericks early success thus far, as he's averaged 15 points and six assists per game. After the "W," Williams briefly talked about his former team, as Andy Vasquez of the Bergen Record notes:
Deron Williams on his Brooklyn tenure: "It never went well, I don't think. I felt like everyone thought I was the problem. Now I'm gone.— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) December 8, 2015
More Deron Williams on Brooklyn: "I'm onto a new chapter. I wish things had happened differently, but they didn't. Can't dwell on it."— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) December 8, 2015
More from Deron Williams:"It's been great for me, great for my family. A lot more positivity in Dallas & I think I needed that in my life."— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) December 8, 2015
Deron Williams says he still follows the Nets: "I still have friends on that team. So I want them to do well."— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) December 8, 2015
And then earlier in the night, Mavericks owner Marc Cuban comment on it:
Mark Cuban on if getting out of NYC was good for Deron Williams: "He's been playing great. I'm glad it didn't work out for him there."— Andy Vasquez (@andy_vasquez) December 7, 2015
Let's not forget. Deron Williams didn't exactly volunteer to go to New York, initially. He was traded to New Jersey and then chose to stay with the Nets because of a considerable differential in money and opportunity to be in the big city. His earlier contract expired as the Nets were making their move into the borough. They felt they needed him to be the face of the franchise, and he liked that $99 million the Nets were offering. His hometown Dallas was a competitor in the race ... but didn't even offer him a max deal. Their best and final was $70 million.
However, Williams signed with the Nets and one reason might have been the absence of Cuban during the recruiting meeting.
But Cuban is the real winner of this all, getting D-Will at a discounted price while the Nets continue to pay him to play for the Mavericks. Nobody's blaming them, but is it something the Nets are smiling about during a time of further turmoil?
- Deron comfy with Mavericks, says 'more positivity in Dallas' - Stefan Bondy - New Yoirk Daily News
- Mavericks guard Deron Williams flourishes with change of scenery - Dwain Price - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
- Deron Williams felt blame for Brooklyn Nets' struggles put on him - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Ex-Net Deron Williams happy to be with Mavericks - Andy Vasquez - The Record
- Dallas Mavericks: Deron Williams tells it like it is (and was) in his return to NYC - Dallas Morning News
- The best way to describe Deron Williams’ move to Dallas … great - George Willis - New York Post
- Deron Williams on Brooklyn: "It just never went well... everybody felt I was the problem" - Devin Kharpertian - The Brooklyn Game