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Deron Williams says Cuban not meeting with him helped “clinch” Nets deal

Oct 8, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas Reuters

UPDATE 4:55 pm: Mark Cuban and the Mavericks are in Spain for an exhibition game, but when reached by Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com for a response to what Deron Williams said Cuban took the high road.

“I’m very happy with the ways thing turned out for the Mavs and wish DWill the best,” Cuban said via email from Barcelona, Spain, where the remodeled Mavs play an exhibition game Tuesday.

Also,  here is Deron Williams’ full quote:

“I think (Cuban) would have been able to answer a lot of the questions me and my agent have for him that really didn’t get answered that day pertaining to the future,” Williams told reporters. “And I think if he was there he would have been able to answer those questions a little bit better. It maybe would have helped me.

“(I wanted to hear about) the direction of the future of the team, other than Dirk. Players they were thinking about. Everything was basically just their track record, trust their track record, which is, you know, I can honor that, because they do have a good track record but it’s not enough for me, especially when [Nets general manager Billy King] was updating me daily.”

4:11 pm: When Deron Williams went as a free agent to meet with the Dallas Mavericks this summer — the only team he seriously talked to besides the Brooklyn Nets — Mark Cuban was not there.

As was much discussed in Dallas at the time, Cuban was off filming his television show “Shark Tank.” Cuban has discussed this a bunch of times, saying he had spoken to Williams and that he didn’t think it was a factor at all in Williams decision to sign in Brooklyn.

Williams said it did matter. From the twitter of Howard Beck of the New York Times.

Well. There you go. These things do matter.

Ultimately it probably didn’t make a difference — D-Will had pretty clearly been leaning Brooklyn from the start. He liked living in the city, he liked the marketing and other opportunities New York provides, he liked where the Nets were heading and he wanted to stay (plus, longer contract with more guaranteed money). He very likely was a Net no matter what.

But no Cuban may have killed whatever chance the Mavericks had.

  1. anotheryx - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    “Clinch” as goes from 99% to 100%?

    • dal24la - Oct 8, 2012 at 9:51 PM

      Actually Deron Williams said he wouldn’t discuss a future with the Nets because he was sure he was going to Dallas until he heard the Nets signed Joe Johnson (and in retrospect, apparently Cuban’s absence affected his decision.) So I don’t think it was at 99%.

  2. recapp - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    So was Prokorov at Deron’s meeting with the Nets?

    • dal24la - Oct 8, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      Why would he have to be, assuming he wasnt? Deron has been a Net 1.5 years; I’m sure they have had ample opportunities to discuss the future of the franchise?

  3. cdins - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Its called a phone. Call Cuban for any questions. Paying you max isn’t showing Williams they’re committed to him?

    • nbascreed - Oct 8, 2012 at 8:33 PM

      It’s called high level negotiations and deal closing. Cubes has a jet…there really is no excuse here.

  4. dewangibson - Oct 8, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    What Cuban needs to do is sell 0.00002 percent of the franchise to a hip-hop mogul and make him the face of the organization/ego masseuse to free agents. It’s working for Brooklyn.

  5. lakerluver - Oct 8, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Exactly why Dallas probably won’t win another title for a couple of decades.

  6. davidcl77 - Oct 8, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Too bad for the Maverick punk owner. He got his one title and was satisfied, so he let the whole team go. Wonder what the fans think? Lol! Serves the left wing nut right!

  7. jmclarkent - Oct 8, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    I like Deron from back when he was with my Jazz, but he has always been a passive-aggressive diva.

  8. Gordon - Oct 8, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    This was a financial decision by Deron. Nothing more, nothing less. It sounds like he’s trying to convince people that he didn’t just take the biggest financial offer.

    • thomaskouns - Oct 8, 2012 at 10:57 PM

      Exactly right. He’s from Dallas and is covering for not going there. Nice way to take responsibility.

      Anyone who follows the Mavs and Cuban know that despite what you think about him personally, he treats his players better than any organization in the NBA and will go to tremendous lengths to sign and or keep a player.

      D Williams took the easy way out on this one.

  9. crtzinc - Oct 8, 2012 at 8:38 PM

    Seriously what questions couldn’t have been answered by the GM, Coach, Dirk? What was his question to Cuban, will you spend to improve this team? That’s simply silly. My guess is that Deron felt slighted that Cuban was simply not there in person. I mean to each their own, but Deron wasn’t walking away from more guaranteed money anyway, regardless of Cuban being physically present at any meeting.

  10. davidly - Oct 9, 2012 at 6:32 AM

    Cuban’s reputation as a players’ owner precedes him. His absence probably meant more in that context.

    But I think D-Will is being polite in relation to the track record, which was all but destroyed a year-and-a-half ago.

  11. source7769 - Oct 9, 2012 at 8:45 AM

    bunch of bs as long as the nets showed they were trying to field a serviceable team he wasnt leaving 25 million on the table so its not 99-100% its more like 75million or 100 million as like everyone would he took the cash , just dont make excuses for it

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