D-Will Uninterested in Rehashing Storyline With Mavs

HANG TIME SOUTHWEST — Fresh off platelet-rich plasma treatment in both of his nagging ankles and a round of cortisone shots to boot, Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams has looked as spry as he has all season and he’s easily playing his best basketball.

Just in time for a new pain to come to town: Mark Cuban.

Wherever the Dallas Mavericks owner goes, but especially in New York, he is the center of massive media attention. With tonight’s game marking the first time Williams will play the Mavs since the club tried to woo last summer’s top free agent to his home town, the topic will certainly be top of mind tonight.

Only Cuban, the man who recently suggested that the Lakers should think about using the amnesty clause on Kobe Bryant only to see him light up the Mavs for 38 points, and then tweaked Derek Fisher for signing with Oklahoma City, won’t be there to set off potential verbal fireworks. He was speaking Friday morning at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, and the team’s media relations staff said he isn’t expected to make the short trip to say hello to the rejuvenated D-Will.

As for Williams — who is playing like an All-Star over the last five games, averaging 22.8 points, 8.4 assists and nailing 51.5 percent of his 3-point shots — he tried Thursday to head off discussion of his free-agent decision.

“There’s no reason to even go down that lane. That’s behind me. I’m part of the Brooklyn Nets,” Williams told ESPNNY.com “There’s no reason to even revisit that.”

The Mavs and Nets both met with Williams in New York at the start of the free-agency period last July. The Nets got first crack followed by a three-member contingent from Dallas that included coach Rick Carlisle, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and special consultant Michael Finley. Absent was Cuban, who was busy filming the TV show “Shark Tank” in Los Angeles.

Williams, who decided to stay with the Nets and sign a five-year, $98 million deal, would say later that not meeting with Cuban had an impact on his decision.

“A lot of the questions that me and my agent had for them really didn’t get answered that day — you know, pertaining to the future,” Williams said in October. “And I think if [Cuban] was there, he would have been able to answer those questions a little bit better. Maybe would have helped me.”

Cuban, to no surprise, scoffed at Williams’ assertion and shot back on a Dallas radio program.

“I’m a big D-Will fan, but I’m kind of surprised that he would throw his front office under the bus like that by saying that I would make a difference. I would have expected him to say — like I’d expect one of our guys to say — ‘Hey I’m so thrilled with the front office and the moves we made and our team that it wouldn’t have mattered what he did.’

“He’s a superstar point guard, but my goal is to build a team. … I’m flattered that he thought my presence would have made more of a difference than what the Nets’ management did.”

Cuban also suggested that his club, struggling at 25-32 and in jeopardy of not making the playoffs for the first time in 13 seasons, is actually better off without Williams and the max contract that would have weighed down Dallas’ payroll.

“But in hindsight, I don’t know if I would have been happy [had Williams signed],” Cuban said on the same radio show. “I think we’re in better position now than we would have been if we had gotten him.”

There’s probably not many Mavs fans who would agree with that sentiment right about now. Williams on Thursday said he has not spoken to Cuban since the summer. But he does have the Nets at 34-24 and seeking at top four spot in the Eastern Conference.

“It wasn’t really a back-and-forth thing anyway,” Williams said.


  1. Swish41 says:

    Cuban is the man!! Never scared to speak his mind. Mabs r better off not getting D.Will, he’s fat and over-rated. Tyson Chandler gets the most credit for doin nothing. He was in foul trouble the whole time during the championship run and if he’s so great then he should bring the Knicks a ring. Fat Chance. The team was going to be too old. Look at how TERRIBLE all the players we let go are performing. Jason Terry, Jason Kidd, Caron Butler, Tyson Chandler, JJ Barrea,… All havin career worse. We’ll still sneak in playoffs this year and we’ll see whuts jumpin this summer #GOMAVS

  2. NBALogics says:

    There Biggest Mistake was letting go of Tyson Chandler he made things easy for Dirk to go to work. If the heat don’t put in the extra effort against a taller team they can’t win a series which is why they lost to the Mavs that Finals. The Mavs aren’t gonna get a title any time soon unless they start rebuilding Dirks contract is heavy tho and from recent articles it seems he thinks he is still worth max money in his 30’s

  3. iSHAQ or SHAQTOLOGY says:

    DALLAS can get AARON BROOKS for the remainder of the season…
    MAVS should have get GILBERT ARENAS….

  4. Originally Me says:

    I think that the maturity level of audiences these days is really amusing. People who can’t look at things objectively tend to shoot of their mouth too often. We all know Cubes as a “fan-liked” owner who tends to be rather outspoken and bold with his comments. But what he has to say about Fisher and Bryant are his own personal comments and he did pay for it with Kobe’s “Amnesty that”. Who are you guys to tell him what to or what not to say?

    Everytime i come across a Dallas Mavericks thread there’s bound to be some haters about the disbanding of the championship team. Guys its done and over with how long are you guys gonna brood over about it? Till you drop dead? Simply comparing team is not necessarily a good measure considering the number of talents that Brooklyn “signed” as well as a less competitive eastern conference. If they were in the west i’m pretty damn sure they wouldn’t be 34-24.

    • Utah Jazz? says:

      Nobody is telling him what to say or not say. We are just commenting on what he said. The guy talks too much and people are gonna talk about him or have something to say also. He’s almost asking for it. What you said about comparing teams is dead on though. Brooklyn just lost to dallas with dwill playing good recently. And for sure they wouldn’t be 34-24 nor would they be in the playoffs in the west.

  5. MJfromOKC says:

    I used to like Cuban but man he says some things that just make you wanna question whether or not he is trying to provoke people. Hes pissed that he is not going to make the playoffs and OKC is going to get to activate Dallas’s lottery pick.

  6. Kosekharet says:

    I’d enough of Cubans BS to be honest! He just sounds lika a grumpy and sad old man!
    Why would any superstar consider signing with a team that put all their focus around an injured superstar like Dirk? I remember when Cuban attacked Brooklyns owner a few years back and said that he was cheap and didn’t wanna spend money to bring a superstar to the team.. Well Cuban, today he is spending and have a team competing, while u broke up a championship team because you didn’t wanna spend too much money and because of that the Mavs will not see another championship come their way in at least another 3-5yrs and I am just being nice when I say 3-5 yrs…

  7. NHbleedsGREEN says:

    Cuban was right in the case of Derek Fisher, this guy is a joke.
    Why did you leave last year join the Mavs and quit again?
    Just to come back and try to flop your way to a 6th ring?
    You are a cancer to the nba sir and now I’m rooting against okc.

  8. TTKIN says:

    The one year Cuban didnt run his mouth was the year the Mavs won the title…just sayin.

    • Rosanne says:

      ALL I can say is GO MAVS!! They are Better off without D-Will, and Cuban is THE best owner in the league. There will always be SOUR grapes. LKet’s SEE how this SUMMER plays out and then everyone will have to eat CROw!!

    • Sore Loser says:

      Thats what you call a sore loser. When he wins its all good but when he loses he opens his mouth. Just like when he called denver bullies for beating his team. If he would of won that series he would’nt of said anything. I know the guy is a businessman and all but he acts like a little kid.

  9. theholyspectator says:

    who cares about mavs, they are done….they dont have pieces to contend in the west, and they most def are not makin the playoffs this year and future ones..RIP mavs..one hit wonders…dwill is at a much better place and situation…

    • big man 7 foot 2 says:

      are you kidding me one hit wonders ???? they won 50 games every season for like 12 or 13 yrs , that’s consistency in the realm of the san Antonio spurs . your probably just a wagon jumping heat fan eh

      • Utah Jazz? says:

        Remember how long the jazz’s playoff appearance was and how many wins under jerry sloan? Do you hear anybody talking about how great they are? Thats because they never won a championship in all that time. Thats why they are saying one hit wonders. Nobody cares how long your playoff appearance streak is or was. Its all about championships. They are not in the realm of the san antonio spurs. Spurs have four championships, four conference titles and 18 division titles. Dallas has 1 championship, 2 conference titles, and 3 division titles. Utah jazz have 0 championships, 2 conference titles and 8 division titles. They are in more in the realm of the utah jazz except with that championship Dallas is just ahead of the jazz. Nobody needs to be on a heat bandwagon to notice.

      • Mino says:

        yeah johnstockton is considered the 2nd best true point guard, karl malone as one of the best scorers and power forwards ever, and jerry sloan as one of the best coaches of all time

      • Utah Jazz? says:

        True, but I am talking about a team collectively. You mentioned the player accolades not the jazz team accolades. With your rebuttal you coud argue the case for george karl, gary payton and shawn kemp. Also Rick Adelman, Chris Webber, Vlade Divac. Great coaches players etc. but no talk about the teams. Great players like Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson are talked about not their teams. Sure Dirk and the championship season will be remembered but if they do not win again in the dirk era they will be remembered as one hit wonders.

  10. Victor Manoel says:

    Cuban is just trying to hide himself from the criticism he deserves by not take part in a meeting with a key free agente, because he was so busy filming a stupid TV show at LA. Such a thing shows everything but commitment to signing a player, specially a star. Now, he says Deron is not so good, and the Mavs are better with the cap space they have, and all that BS, but he wasted another year (the last one, who knows?) of Nowitzki prime. Last year he did it too, by not resigning Tyson Chandler, only to see him win the Defensive Player of the Year award in New York. Shame on you, Bigmouth Cuban!

  11. Shirley (B-U6) Nat says:

    Gotta love the boldness of Cuban. Could’ve switched the Dallas team with the Bobcats and he still would’ve said it was the right move. But that feeble move from D-Will saying that Cuban may have swayed him was just a cheap shot at Cuban. ________________________________