HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Deron Williams broke his own free agency news this evening, choosing an offer from the Brooklyn Nets over an offer from the Dallas Mavericks.
He did the deed with a simple Tweet, ending the suspense before the 4th of July holiday and sending the Mavericks and other teams scrambling to figure out their next move now that the most coveted player on this summer’s market is off the board.
“Made a very difficult decision today …” Williams tweeted along with a link to the photo of the Nets’ new Brooklyn logo.
He’s agreed to a five-year deal that will pay him $98 million, some $25 million more than he could have earned from the deal with the Mavericks.
The Nets can now turn all of their attention to trying to come up with a deal to land Dwight Howard, the Magic superstar who has demanded a trade to Brooklyn where he could join forces with Williams and All-Star guard Joe Johnson. The Nets agreed Monday to trade five players and a lottery-protected first round Draft pick to Atlanta Johnson.