Williams, a Texas native, has two years, $43.3 million left on his contract, and the Nets have been trying to trade the 31-year-old point guard. However, there’s been little interest thanks to that bloated contract, and Brooklyn would rather not just waive him with the stretch provision. Going that route would stretch his cap hit out over five years and reduce the team’s tax bill, but that would also take up cap space moving forward.
Mark Cuban and the Mavericks made a big push for Williams in 2012, but ultimately lost out to the Nets. Now, with a hole at point guard and no DeAndre Jordan, Dallas is again interested in Williams. However, the Mavericks have little interest in trading for his big contract, instead preferring to sign him to a much cheaper deal after a buyout so as not to waste so much cap space.
Williams has really fallen off in recent years thanks to a string of injuries, but perhaps he’d be rejuvenated by playing back at home. Still, even if Dallas gets him and adds some smaller pieces around the fringes to go along with the recent acquisition of Zaza Pachulia, it’s hard to see them being all that good next year. The Mavericks owe the Boston Celtics their first-round pick next year if it falls outside the top seven thanks to the Rajon Rondo trade, so Dallas is in a real tough spot.