Deron Williams wants to play for the Mavs — report

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Get the emojis ready. Deron Williams reportedly wants out of Brooklyn so he can play for the Mavs.

From Marc Stein of ESPN:

Former All-Star point guard Deron Williams is in talks with the Brooklyn Nets about securing his potential release this offseason to clear the way for Williams to sign with his hometown Dallas Mavericks, according to league sources. Sources told that the Nets, whose well-chronicled hope is moving out both Williams and fellow former cornerstone Joe Johnson before the start of next season, have opened buyout talks with Williams on the remaining two years and $43.3 million of his contract. ‎

The former Illini star is 31 and has been sharply declining due to injuries. Last season he averaged 13 ppg (lowest since rookie year), 6.6 apg and shot a career-low .387 from the field.

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