Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams has never really given much insight into what eventually helped him pick the Nets over the Mavericks.
Williams finally shared a little bit of info on what spurred that decision, and according to Pro Basketball Talk, the absence of Mark Cuban being apart of the negotiations between the Maverick and the Nets made it a easy choice for Williams.
“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.”
Reports are that when Williams went to meet with the Mavericks, Cuban was unavailable, because he was filming his reality show “Shark Tank.”
In my opinion Cuban didn’t want to sign Williams and be on the hook for so much money. I think he went out of his way to passive aggressively alienate Williams into staying with Brooklyn thus allowing the Maverick whatever type of flexibility Cuban thought it would offer.