You may remember the name Deron Williams. I mean how could you forget? It was just a few short summers ago that Williams chose to re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets over his hometown Mavericks to the tune of of five-years and $98.7 million.
In five seasons with the Nets, Williams has overwhelming underperformed the value of his contract.
His skills, even at just 30-years old, have massively deteriorated due to a nagging ankle injury along with various other ailments. Reportedly, the Nets are seeking to move Williams and the two-years and $43 million remaining on his massive deal.
This summer, the Mavs will once again be in the mix for the “big fish.” Reports have already linked Dallas to frontcourt players DeAndre Jordan and LaMarcus Aldridge, leaving little cash for other positions with a glaring need including point guard.
With Rajon Rondo already out the (back)door and Devin Harris and likely Raymond Felton (player option) still on the roster, it becomes very possible a point guard by committee scheme will be the only option for the Mavs next season unless they can get a team-friendly deal. J.J. Barea has also made it known he’s also looking to return, reportedly seeking a deal in the $3 million per year range.
At this point, it’s unlikely the Nets will find a taker for Williams’ remaining salary, leaving them to look at possibly waiving the former Colony High School product via the stretch provision to help reduce the team’s luxury tax bill according to ESPN’s Mike Mazzeo. If the becomes the case, look for the Mavs to explore the option of adding Williams to their backcourt.
Obviously, we know Williams is nowhere near the player the Mavs were seeking in the summer of 2012, but with little money to spend they don’t have a bevy of options.
Should he be waived, he could be a cheap low-risk, high-reward backcourt option while still keeping the Mavs opportunities open to chase the big fish this summer.