With the NBA season now officially over, a major storyline to watch over the next couple of months was supposed to be where Deron Williams would ultimately end up.
Unfortunately, it looks as though there may not be as much to watch as we initially expected.
Coming into this summer, popular opinion was that Williams’ eventual landing spot would have direct or indirect ramifications for many of the other moves that were going to be made during the offseason.
Dwight Howard’s future, the Dallas Mavericks’ rebuilding/regrouping plan, the direction of the Brooklyn Nets, Jason Kidd’s future, Steve Nash’s future and at least some of the draft picks in this Thursday’s proceedings are just a few of the things that are in some way(s) dependent on what happens to Williams.
Hence all of the attention that’s been devoted to the matter.
But maybe all of the interest and speculation has been for naught. Perhaps Williams’ choice isn’t as difficult as we originally figured it would be.
When NBA free agency begins at midnight July 1, Brooklyn Nets star guard Deron Williams will be choosing from a two-team list that only features the Nets and the Dallas Mavericks, according to sources close to the situation.
Sources told ESPN.com on Saturday night that, while this summer's No. 1 free agent remains "up in the air" about which team he'll ultimately chose, Williams already has made the decision to narrow his list of potential destinations to those two franchises.
Prior to this, the Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets were all rumored to be potential candidates for Williams’ services. There was also some misguided speculation that the New York Knicks, despite their lack of financial flexibility and trade assets, were in the running. Obviously this latest word from ESPN kills all of that, though.
There is still a full week before July 1 and longer until Williams actually has to make his decision, so clearly a lot can change between now and then. That said, the Mavericks and Nets have been favorites to bring him in all along, so this latest rumor isn’t all that shocking.