Deron Williams Chooses Brooklyn, Reveals Decision On Twitter

Deron Williams will return to the Brooklyn Nets, he announced to the world via Twitter. He's reportedly signing a five-year deal worth nearly $100 million, turning down a four-year, $75 million contract from his hometown Dallas Mavericks.

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Deron Williams Agrees To 5-Year, $98.8 Million Deal With Nets

The Deron Williams sweepstakes has come to an end, as the highly coveted point guard has chosen to remain with the Nets as they move from New Jersey to Brooklyn.

Williams took to his personal Twitter account on Tuesday evening to break the news himself, posting a picture of the new Brooklyn Nets logo. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports later reported that Williams has reached an agreement with the Nets for five years and nearly $100 million. (Ken Berger of CBS Sports puts the exact number at "approximately $98.75 million," while ESPN.com salary cap guru Larry Coon says the final figure "should be $98,772,321.")

Wojnarowski also reported that the Nets are working on retaining the services of power forward Kris Humphries.

Marc Stein of ESPN reported that Williams chose the Nets deal over a four-year, $75 million offer from his other suitor, the Dallas Mavericks. The collective bargaining agreement prevented the Mavericks from offering a fifth year.

The deal is a huge coup for the Nets, as they are hoping to make a big splash in their first season in Brooklyn. The Mavericks have now lost out on Williams and lost Jason Terry to the Boston Celtics on the same day, and will need to go back to the drawing board.

For more on Williams and the Nets, check in with NetsDaily and SB Nation New York.

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NBA Free Agency: Deron Williams And Jason Kidd To Mavs Or Nets, According To Report

Deron Williams is by far the best unrestricted free agent on the market this offseason, and when free agency starts Sunday it appears he'll have a buddy tagging along: Jason Kidd. According to a report by ESPN's Ric Bucher, the two have spent the weekend golfing together in the Hamptons on Long Island, and plan to be somewhat of a package deal. From Bucher's report:

Mavericks free-agent point guard Jason Kidd will also join whichever team Williams chooses, sources said.

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Another source with business ties to both Kidd and Williams says that the two already have decided to play together for the Nets next season. However, multiple sources say Williams is still torn about his decision.

Kidd, of course, was traded from the Suns to the Nets for Stephon Marbury more than 10 years ago and pretty much single-handedly revived the franchise, carrying them to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances against the Lakers in 2002 and the Spurs in 2003 (they lost each time).

Williams will fetch a max contract, and New York Daily News columnist Mitch Lawrence wrote that a source close to Williams believes he'll go to Brooklyn, who can offer him $26 million more than any team, thanks to a provision in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

For more on Williams and the Nets, check in with Nets Daily. If you want new and updates on Williams' other suitor, check out Mavs Moneyball and SB Nation Dallas.

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Dirk Nowitzki Openly Pines For Deron Williams

Deron Williams has apparently narrowed his choices for potential free agency destinations down to his current team, the Brooklyn Nets, and the team that plays in his hometown, the Dallas Mavericks. In case there was any question whether or not the Mavericks are interested in Williams, their best player decided to make his opinions on the scenario public in a radio interview with Dallas' KCTK:

We’d love to have him run the show here... I hope we have a good shot. He’s from here. His mom lives here. He likes it here.

Currently running the show in Dallas is Jason Kidd, who is also on the market as a free agent. While Kidd has been more than serviceable for the Mavs as his career wanes, Williams is a franchise-type player who would quickly put the Mavericks back in the conversation of title contenders. Dallas pretty much scrapped its 2010 championship team in hopes of landing Williams in the 2011 free agent market, and now, the decision is in his hands.

New Jersey, of course, made its overture to Williams in the form of a gigantic birthday wish, and not to be out-done in the category of semi-depressing attempts at making Deron Williams play for his team, Dirk Nowitzki had this to offer:

He loves golf, and we have great golf courses.

What'll it be, Deron? Golf, or birthday presents? Tough choice to make.

For more on the Dallas Mavericks, check out Mavs Moneyball or SBN Dallas. For more on the Nets, there's NetsDaily and SBN New York.

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Deron Williams Will Sign With Nets Or Mavericks, According To Report

Deron Williams is widely considered to be the jewel of the 2012 NBA free agency class and even though free agency doesn't begin until July 1, Williams has already narrowed his suitors to the Nets and Mavericks according to a report from ESPN.com.

The Nets and Mavericks have been seen as the most likely suitors for Williams for a while. New Jersey can offer Williams the most money while Dallas presents the opportunity to play in his hometown. The Nets can offer Williams a five-year contract worth just under $100 million while Dallas can offer four years and close to $75 million.

Williams has previously said his decision will be based on which teams gives him the best chance to win.

"I want to go to a place where I feel like they will have a chance to build and build fast," Williams said according to the Los Angeles Times. "I'm not really in the mood for being part of a rebuilding process. I'm getting older. I'm about to be 28. I want to win. I want to win now. Also, I want to live in a place where I want to live and my kids will enjoy living. That's pretty much it."

NBA free agency begins at midnight on July 1.

For the latest news and rumbling from around the league, check out our NBA Free Agency Rumors 2012 StoryStream. For more on Kidd and the Mavericks, check out Mavs Moneyball and SB Nation Dallas. For more on the Nets, head over to NetsDaily and SB Nation New York.

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