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Deron Williams has requested a release from the Brooklyn Nets and has let it be known that he wants to join his hometown Dallas Mavericks. The Nets are finalizing his release and he is expected to sign with the Mavs shortly after.
Three years ago the Mavs missed out on D-Will when he signed a five-year, $99 million deal with the Nets. However, he has fallen out of the elite point guard class in the NBA since then and is now looking for a fresh start back home. Via ESPN:
Former All-Star point guard Deron Williams is in talks with the Brooklyn Nets about securing his potential release this offseason to clear the way for Williams to sign with his hometown Dallas Mavericks, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Nets, whose well-chronicled hope is moving out both Williams and fellow former cornerstone Joe Johnson before the start of next season, have opened buyout talks with Williams on the remaining two years and $43.3 million of his contract.
Sources say the Mavericks, by contrast, are very motivated to sign Williams after being spurned in free agency by DeAndre Jordan, provided Williams can extricate himself from the Nets and get to the open market.
The Mavericks, sources said, are not pursuing a trade for Williams because of salary-cap space such a move would eat up.