Deron Williams announced on Twitter today that he has chosen to play for the Brooklyn Nets and will sign a 5-year deal worth approximately $98.75 million, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.
Made a very tough decision today…. lockerz.com/s/222071318
— Deron Williams (@DeronWilliams) July 3, 2012
Williams reportedly narrowed down his decision to the Nets and Dallas Mavericks and was meeting with the two teams over the past 48 hours.
The Nets traded for All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson yesterday in a deal that was made to team up Johnson with Williams.
Williams would not have been able to make as much money playing in Dallas, who only could have offered him a deal around 4-years, $75 million.
Jason Kidd has been rumored to sign wherever Williams chose and played golf with him some the past few days.
The Nets re-signed Gerald Wallace to a 4-year, $40 million deal earlier this week. They are expected to try and re-sign Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries now as well.
For Kris Humphries to stay with Nets, he would have to accept the veteran’s minimum salary and that isn’t happening. So consider him gone.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2012
Brooklyn was the team Dwight Howard wanted to be traded to from Orlando but the Magic have not been interested enough in any type of deal with the Nets.
There were reports earlier today that Brooklyn was willing to offer Lopez, Humphries, MarShon Brooks and three future first round picks to Orlando in exchange for Howard but the Magic were not interested in pulling the trigger on that.
Brooklyn will have most of their money tied up in just a few players especially if they re-sign Lopez and Humphries. The Nets have certainly improved their roster from last season and making sure they kept Williams was huge for them.