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Deron Williams Expected to Sign with Mavericks

Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- The Dallas Mavericks may have found the man to run their offense.

Veteran point guard Deron Williams will reportedly sign with the Mavs after a buyout is finalized with the Brooklyn Nets. According to an ESPN report, his deal with Dallas will be worth about $10 million over two years.

The Nets will reportedly buy out the remaining $43 million on his contract for about $27.5 million, but they will receive luxury tax relief from the transaction over the long term. Williams still needs to pass through waivers to officially sign with Dallas, but it is unlikely any team would claim him while he is on waivers because they would owe him the remaining money on his 5-year, $99 million contract.

The Mavericks have made headlines for mostly the wrong reasons in the past few months. After verbally agreeing to sign top-free agent center DeAndre Jordan, Jordan backed out of his agreement to sign with the Clippers. They also let Rajon Rondo sign with the Kings in free agency after he and head coach Rick Carlisle failed to get along, leaving a hole at point guard that Williams will fill.

Williams is a three-time All-Star and at one time was once considered one of the best point guards in the game. However, the 31-year-old is coming off a season where he averaged just thirteen points per game and shot a career-low 38.7 percent from the field.

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Nets' Hollins: Deron Williams Not a Franchise Player Anymore

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A day after the Atlanta Hawks eliminated the Brooklyn Nets from the playoffs, Brooklyn Head Coach Lionel Hollins had some strong words for his point guard, stating that Deron Williams is no longer a franchise player.

"He's not a franchise player anymore," Hollins said on Saturday. "He's a good player, he's a solid player, but I don't think he's a franchise player anymore. That's just my opinion. He's a good player. I'm proud of the way he's bounced back and played, and there's so much pressure on him to be a franchise player, and everybody talks about a franchise player, but we need to have a franchise team."

In 2010, general managers across the league voted Deron Williams as the best point guard in the NBA.

Williams did not address the media on Saturday. He is owed $21 million next season and $22.3 million in 2016-17, assuming he does not opt out of the final year of his contract.

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Nets Catch Hawks, Cut Series Deficit to 2-1

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After losing six times to the Atlanta Hawks this season the Brooklyn Nets finally won a game.

Brook Lopez had 23 points and 13 boards to lead the Nets to a 91-83 victory over the Hawks Saturday, in Game 3 of their first round playoff series.

Brooklyn, which lost all four games it played against Atlanta in the regular season, trailed by four with 2:39 remaining in third quarter before going on an 18-0 run. The Nets never trailed from there as they win to cut the best-of-seven series deficit to 2-1.

"I think they're a confident group, just like we are. It's the playoffs," Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said. "I think they've played well really for stretches from the beginning and it's going to be a series."

After scoring only two points in Game 2, Thaddeus Young bounced back with 18 points and 11 boards in the win.

"No matter what or how I felt about Game 2, I knew I had to come back and bounce back in Game 3 for us to get a win," Young said.

DeMarre Carroll scored a playoff career-high 22 points in the loss.

The eighth-seeded Nets will try to even the series in Brooklyn on Monday.

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Paul Pierce: Nets Would Have 'Folded' Without Me and KG

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce leveled some harsh criticisms toward the Brooklyn Nets and their star point guard Deron Williams in a recent interview with's Jackie MacMullen.

After being traded by the Celtics to the Nets, Pierce characterized his time in Brooklyn as "horrible."

"It was just the guys' attitudes there. It wasn't like we were surrounded by a bunch of young guys," he said. "They were vets who didn't want to play and didn't want to practice. I was looking around saying, 'What's this?' Kevin [Garnett] and I had to pick them up every day in practice."

"If me and Kevin weren't there, that team would have folded up. That team would have packed it in. We kept them going each and every day," he continued. 

The player that drew the most attention from Pierce was Williams.

"Before I got there, I looked at Deron as an MVP candidate,'' Pierce said. "But I felt once we got there, that's not what he wanted to be. He just didn't want that. I think a lot of the pressure got to him sometimes. This was his first time in the national spotlight. The media in Utah is not the same as the media in New York, so that can wear on some people. I think it really affected him.''

Brooklyn traded its 2014 first round pick, as well as 2016 and 2018 picks to acquire Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry. The Nets lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Miami Heat.

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Nets F Thaddeus Young Out with Knee Strain

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Brooklyn Nets forward Thaddeus Young has a left knee strain that will keep him out of Friday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Young was injured late in the third quarter of the team's win over the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday night. The injury occurred after he ran into Hornets guard Gerald Henderson. Young immediately fell to the floor in pain. He was then helped to his feet before he limped to the locker room under his own power.

The team also announced Young is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 26-year-old Young was traded to the Nets this season by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He's played in 18 games for Brooklyn, averaging 13.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

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Nets Lose Williams to Fractured Rib

NBA via Brooklyn Nets(NEW YORK) -- Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams is out indefinitely with a fractured rib, the team announced Thursday.

The 30-year-old Williams suffered the injury in Sunday's game against Miami. He then sat out Monday's loss to Dallas but returned for four minutes in Wednesday night's loss to Boston before having to leave the game because of the injury.

Williams had an MRI that revealed a fracture in the left 12th rib.

"Deron reported some soreness above this area over the weekend and as a result underwent imaging studies on Monday, which were negative," Team physician Riley Williams III said in a statement. "Yesterday during the game, he reported a new onset of symptoms below the prior area of soreness. New imaging studies done today demonstrated the fracture. There is no timetable for his return."

Williams has played in 32 games this season, averaging 13.9 points, three rebounds, and 6.3 assists per contest.

Williams' rib will be re-evaluated in a week.

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Nets Will Continue to Bring Deron Williams and Brook Lopez Off the Bench

Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Brooklyn Nets are playing better of late with high-priced players Deron Williams and Brook Lopez coming off the bench, so that's where they'll stay for now, according to head coach Lionel Hollins.

Williams is making $19.75 million this season but has been used sparingly since returning from injury a few games ago. He played just 17 minutes in the team's win over the Sacramento Kings on Monday night.

Lopez, who is making $15.7 million this season, also has seen his minutes drastically reduced recently. He's averaged just over 12 minutes per game the past four contests.

According to Hollins, this is a trend that Nets fans may want to get used to seeing.

“Why you keep asking about Deron and Brook? This is the Brooklyn Nets,” Hollins told the New York Daily News. “Yes, they were starters, they’ve been out and if you note, while they were out we started playing better and winning, so why would I go back and change the lineup now?”

At 14-16, the Nets currently hold the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference.

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Report: Kings in Pursuit of Nets' Deron Williams

NBA via Brooklyn Nets(NEW YORK) -- The Kings and Brooklyn Nets are discussing a trade that would Deron Williams to Sacramento, reports.

Sacramento has targeted Williams, but no deal is certain, according to sources.

Yahoo! Sports reports that the teams have discussed a multiplayer deal that would send Derrick Williams, Jason Thompson, and Darren Collison to Brooklyn for Williams.

The three-time All-Star is owed $63.1 million over the next three seasons and ESPN NBA insider Marc Stein reported that Brooklyn has been shopping him around the league since Dec. 9.

The Nets currently sit in ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

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Nets Guard Deron Williams to Undergo Surgery on Both Ankles 

NBA via Brooklyn Nets(NEW YORK) -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams will undergo surgery on both ankles next week, the team announced Thursday.

"He will have a bone chip removed from his right ankle, and the left ankle will have an arthroscopic cleanout with removal of spurs from both the front and back of the ankle," team foot and ankle specialist Dr. Martin O'Malley, who will perform the surgery, said in a statement issued by the team.

For the past two seasons, Williams has been plagued by persistent injuries in both of his ankles. He has received multiple cortisone shots and platelet-rich-plasma injections to help ease the pain, but the problem has not gone away.

Williams averaged just 14.3 points and 6.1 assists in 64 games during the regular season for the Nets, the lowest totals since his rookie year. In 12 playoff games, he averaged 14.5 points and 5.8 assists.  The Nets were eliminated by the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The procedures are scheduled for next Tuesday. The 29-year-old Williams still has three years and $63.1 million remaining on his deal with the Nets.

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Heat Rout Nets to Take 1-0 Series Lead

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- The Brooklyn Nets went 4-0 against the Miami Heat during the regular season, but all that went out the window on Tuesday night.

LeBron James scored 22 points as the Heat routed the Nets 107-86 to take a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

"It's one," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "But I liked the energy, the activity."

Ray Allen added 19 points off the bench for Miami, who blew the game open with a 24-9 run in the third quarter.

Deron Williams and Joe Johnson each scored 17 points in a losing effort for Brooklyn. Kevin Garnett went scoreless in a postseason game for the first time in his career. He grabbed four rebounds in 16 minutes of action.

"This is the defending champs," Nets coach Jason Kidd said. "It's always going to be at a high level and we've got to find a way to match it."

Game 2 will be played on Thursday night in South Beach.

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