Deron Williams and the Nets have reached a buyout agreement that will pay him some of the nearly $42 million he is owed over the next two seasons, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com. Williams will sign a two-year, $10-million deal with the Mavericks as soon as he clears waivers, per ESPN's Marc Stein.
This is an opportunistic move from the Mavericks, whose free agency was turned on its head and shaken with vigor after DeAndre Jordan ghosted Mark Cuban and re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. With many of their potential free agency targets already off the market, Cuban and the Mavericks' front office had to get creative with how they brought in players to field a team next season.
The Mavericks and Williams have history: he's a Dallas native and rejected them in the summer of 2012, instead choosing to side that lucrative six-year deal that Brooklyn regretting ever since. The former All Star is 31 now and hasn't looked like the star player he was in Utah for several years, but there's a chance he can turn around his luck.
Williams averaged 13 points on 39 percent shooting and 37 percent shooting from behind the arc while accumulating nearly seven assists last season.