I think that 90 percent might have dropped. Tremendously.
Earlier this week, New Jersey Net and DFW native Deron Williams told Yahoo! Sports some fairly interesting things. Things like being excited to test free agency. Here's a little more:
"People get traded all the time," Williams told Yahoo! Sports. "They don't get backlash as an organization. If [players] leave, we are not loyal, we are ungrateful. People say stuff to me on Twitter. They already think I'm gone. They are out there bashing me, saying to me I'm a traitor.
"I didn't ask to be here. I got traded. I didn't come here being a free agent. This is the first time that I'm a free agent in my career."
Welp is all I can say to New Jersey fans. It's not like their team gave up multiple first round picks, a young prospect and more for potentially only a season and a half of Williams in New Jersey.
But really, once Dwight Howard went frothing at the mouth crazy and decided to opt-in for one more year in Orlando, this was pretty much signing Williams' papers to be well on his way out of New Jersey.
Of course, this has to bring nothing but a grin to Mark Cuban. No secret who the Mavericks will be at the doorstep at 11:59 p.m. on eve of free agency this July. Williams represents the one thing Cuban has failed to do in his time in Dallas: sign a big-time, in-his-prime multiple All-Star. He's been able to resign Dirk Nowitzki, trade for competent role players and even a future Hall of Famer.
But he's never signed in free agency any player even close to Williams' talent. The chance of that happening just shot up, greatly. Right now it boils down to one thing: does Deron Williams want to waste another year on a fringe playoff/lottery team on the off-chance that the Nets can still lure Howard or join up with an established franchise that could not only contend right away, but at least for another three to four years (and that's excluding Dallas chance at potentially landing Dwight Howard in the next year as well.)