Deron Williams had his pick of NBA teams as a free agent, but the three-time NBA All-Star shooting guard from Illinois decided to stay with his team, even if his team wasn't staying put. The New Jersey Nets guard will now trade jerseys with the rest of his former team, now that the franchise has moved from East Rutherford in New Jersey, to Brooklyn, New York.
Williams announced his decision to stay with the Nets via his Twitter account on Tuesday night, and also attached a photo of him signing his five-year, $98 million Brooklyn Nets contract on an Apple iPad.
Officially a Brooklyn Net! Williams tweeted. Signed my contract on an iPad Just thank God for this wonderful Opportunity. He ended his message with the hashtag, #HelloBrooklyn.
Williams released an official statement early in the day Wednesday.
I am really excited to be able to officially say that Brooklyn is home, Williams said. It is an incredible time to play in Brooklyn and to be a part of this organization, the first sports team to call Brooklyn home in over 50 years.
Williams said he was actually thinking about choosing the Dallas Mavericks, but changed his mind when the Nets' GM Mikhail Prokhorov managed to net a fellow backcourt star in Joe Johnson, formerly of the Atlanta Hawks.
I had the meetings and it kind of changed my mind because once I got out of the meeting with Dallas and saw the way they were going and the team they were putting out there, and I saw that we just made a trade for Joe Johnson and I felt like that team for a longer time would be the better team.
The Nets managed to also acquire Reggie Evans from the Clippers and resigned Gerald Wallace. The team is still vying to acquire Orlando Magic superstar Dwight Howard in a blockbuster deal between at least those two teams.
— Deron Williams (@DeronWilliams) July 11, 2012