HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Welcome to crazy Deron Williams, you’ve known for months it was coming and it’s officially just hours away.
With the clock ticking down to midnight, the buzz is growing about the one player at the eye of the storm.
Williams, the All-Star point guard who ranks as the most coveted player on the free agent market, is reportedly focused on two main teams. The Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks are set to battle for his services, with the winner getting not only the player regarded by many as the best point guard in the game today and one of the all-time greats, former Nets and Mavericks star Jason Kidd.
In the latest and perhaps most interesting twist yet, per ESPN The Magazine’s Ric Bucher, Kidd is prepared to follow Williams wherever he goes. And Williams is scheduled to meet with both the Nets and Mavericks Monday:
Williams is spending the weekend playing golf with Kidd in New York’s Hamptons, sources say, yet one more indicator that the Nets have at least a fighting chance to keep Williams and add Kidd sometime after free agency begins Sunday.
Kidd, who has indicated that he hopes to serve as a backup to Williams either in Brooklyn or Dallas, also recently purchased a home in East Hampton, a source close to Kidd said.
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.