Deron Williams Seeking Nets Buyout To Join Dallas Mavs
After five seasons with the Nets, former All-Star point guard Deron Williams wants out.
The 31-year-old is reportedly in talks with the Brooklyn Nets about a potential release this offseason that will allow him to sign with his hometown Dallas Mavericks.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets have opened buyout talks with Williams on the remaining two years and $43.3 million of his contract.
A buyout would be Brooklyn's preference, compared to simply waiving Williams. According to ESPN, the team has been adamant, since the end of the season, that they do't want to release Williams via the stretch provision, even though it would allow them to pay out his remaining salary over the next five seasons and reduce their luxury-tax bill.
However, attempts to trade Williams have gone nowhere.
On the Mavericks side, the team is said to be very motivated to sign Williams, after losing out on DeAndre Jordan, who previously committed to the team. But, are they not pursuing a trade for the former All-Star.