Deron Williams Tweet: Staying with Nets

July 3, 2012 at 8:27 PM
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NEW YORK, July 3 (UPI) -- Free agent all-star point guard Deron Williams indicated on his Twitter account Tuesday he will stay with the Brooklyn Nets.

Williams posted, "Made a very tough decision today..." with an attached link that opened onto a Nets team logo.

Multiple media reports Tuesday put the three-time all-star's new contract at $98 million over five years. He was also being pursued by the Dallas Mavericks.

The news came as the Nets -- preparing for their first season in their new home at Brooklyn's Barclays Center -- are reported to have acquired all-star guard Joe Johnson from the Atlanta Hawks while also re-signing Gerald Wallace.

Other reports indicated Brooklyn is trying to land Orlando's Dwight Howard in a deal that would send Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and a trio of first-round draft picks to the Magic.

The 28-year-old Williams came to the Nets in a February 2011 trade with the Utah Jazz. He has averaged 17.6 points and 9.2 assists over 506 career games.

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