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Why the Nets lead D-Will chase

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08:10 AM ET 05.17 | On the surface, a dozen teams could make a run at Deron Williams, but perhaps only the Mavericks and Nets lead the pack. The Nets have a 25.5 percent chance of winning a top-3 pick in the draft lottery on May 30. ... The Mavericks, meanwhile, are in transition. They were just swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Thunder, and will have to make moves to create enough space for Williams. Could they use their amnesty clause on Brendan Haywood, trade Shawn Marion and have enough space to sign Deron Williams and Kevin Garnett? Maybe. We'll see how crafty Mark Cuban is when he has little to work with. But from what we've heard, Williams is looking for reasons to stay with the Nets. It's up to GM Billy King to provide them.

New York Daily News

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May 17, 2012  08:22 AM ET

Trust me... The Mavs WILL use the amnesty clause on Haywood!


Regardless of what else they do this off season...

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May 17, 2012  09:06 AM ET

As long as the mavs can get either D-Will or D-Howard, or both, then the mavs offseason will be a success....

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May 17, 2012  09:48 AM ET

He is going to Portland to play with his buddy Aldredge!

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May 17, 2012  10:16 AM ET

Better Lay Out The Right Bait, Bros.

May 17, 2012  10:22 AM ET

Name the last time @mcuban was able to sign a top Free Agent and bring him to Dallas. Oh thats right ... there hasnt been one. Thats why this whole season of not having JJ BArea and Tyson Chandler was stupid. @mcuban acts like signing DWill and D Howard is in the bag ... no prob. Im calling BS.

May 17, 2012  10:36 AM ET
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Name the last time @mcuban was able to sign a top Free Agent and bring him to Dallas. Oh thats right ... there hasnt been one. Thats why this whole season of not having JJ BArea and Tyson Chandler was stupid. @mcuban acts like signing DWill and D Howard is in the bag ... no prob. Im calling BS.

Name the first time they have actually had cap space to do so....

May 17, 2012  10:36 AM ET
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amare and jr smith for roddy, marion and haywood

First flight out!!!;P

May 17, 2012  10:50 AM ET

I thought Williams was a guy of reason..................yet he's looking for a reason to stay with the Nets? If Howard isn't traded beforehand to the Nets, Williams and reason don't go together..........Deron go home to Dallas and the Mavs sir!

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May 17, 2012  12:10 PM ET
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If I'm Dallas, I don't pursue D-Will too hard. Being out West, it's more important to get a solid big man, whether it's Dwight or Gerald or whoever. A twin-tower combo with a big man in the paint, and Dirk spreading the floor for the mid-range jumper, would be perfect to take Dallas back to the promised land.

Dallas will pursue Williams as option number one his contract is up before Dwight. I think they will try anyway possible to move Haywood and sign Mahinmi. If they can't move Haywood I think Mahinmi will walk because I don't see Cuban investing in what Mahinmi can get on the market as a center even if Wright is under size for center.

All these important players have no contract or non -guarenteed for next year:

Jason Terry: No contract
Jason Kidd: No contract
Delonte West: No Contract
Vince Carter: non-guarenteed
Ian Mahinmi: No Contract
Brandan Wright: non-guarenteed
Lamar Odom: non-guarenteed

I can't see them bringing back Kidd unless on the very cheap.

May 17, 2012  12:22 PM ET

I heard Williams is negotiating to go back to Utah

May 17, 2012  12:23 PM ET

How long before people give up on watching "street ball" ..........

 
May 17, 2012  12:29 PM ET

not sure why KG is mentioned in the trade package up here, after the season he just had and post season he is having, hes either staying with the celts, or going to a serious contender, KG isnt tryina be in a rebuilding situation at then 37...

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