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Deron Williams, Nets Agree to Buyout

Discussion in 'Sports' started by PurpleFox, Jul 11, 2015.

  1. The Please or Register to view links era with the Brooklyn Nets is reportedly over.

    According to Please or Register to view links.com's Please or Register to view links, the two sides have reached an agreement on a buyout that will throttle Williams into unrestricted free agency. ESPN.com's Marc Stein Please or Register to view linksAldridge's report.

    Stein—who was the Please or Register to view links on the negotiations— Please or Register to view links Williams will make $25-30 million of the $43.3 million that was remaining on the floor general's deal by the time the buyout is completed.

    While Brooklyn will now be forced to roll with a platoon of Steve Blake and Jarrett Jack at point guard, the team's financial situation is much more palatable.

    According to ESPN.com's Please or Register to view links, the Nets were "facing paying the repeater tax, which would be the most punitive luxury penalty in league history," although an exact amount was elusive

    The New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy reported Friday that Williams and head coach Lionel Hollins had a heated exchange midway through the season:

    "Around AS break, sources say Deron Williams had to be physically restrained from going after Hollins during a meeting to air out grievances."

    Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks appear slated to land a point guard who can help improve an offense that added Wesley Matthews to an existing core of Chandler Parsons and Please or Register to view links this summer, per Synergy Sports:

    "Deron Williams ranked in the 38th percentile in scoring efficiency in '15, but jumps to the 90th when adjusting for the value of his passing"

    In 68 games with the Nets last season, Williams averaged 13 points—his lowest single-season mark since his rookie season. He also shot a career-worst 38.7 percent from the field while drilling 36.7 percent of his threes.

    Both the Mavericks and Nets will benefit from the buyout decision in different ways.

    Williams' Brooklyn tenure was defined by relative underachievement after failing to advance past the second round of the playoffs each of the past three seasons, and it simply wouldn't have behooved the Nets to continue paying the point guard like one of the league's elite.

    Now with the Mavericks, he'll be presented with a chance to rehabilitate his stock and boost his numbers alongside some compelling offensive weapons.
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