Nets get last laugh signing Williams

Deron Williams, the NBA's top free agent, announced via Twitter on Tuesday evening that he would be...

Deron Williams, the NBA's top free agent, announced via Twitter on Tuesday evening that he would be leading the Nets into Brooklyn, their new home. (AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:52 PM ET

Ridiculed for making one of the boldest pro sports gambles in years, in the end the Brooklyn Nets and general manager Billy King get the last laugh.

Deron Williams, the NBA’s top free agent announced via Twitter on Tuesday evening that he would be leading the Nets into Brooklyn, their new home.

Williams accepted a five-year, $98-million U.S. extension from the club after strongly considering his hometown Dallas Mavericks — the squad most expected him to bolt to when he was originally acquired by the Nets in a bold move in February of 2011.

King has so far been unable to land Dwight Howard, but did reach an agreement to acquire all-star guard Joe Johnson on Monday and Williams is excited to play in the league’s biggest market as its biggest star.

Not content with hauling in Williams and Johnson, the Nets also added veteran forward Reggie Evans via sign-and-trade with the Los Angeles Clippers and also signed Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic for the full mid-level exception. Teletovic is an excellent shooter who is expected to help stretch the floor for Brooklyn’s offence.

With Williams’ destination known, attention will now shift to other marquee free agents like Steve Nash.

Dallas has tore apart a championship-winning team in the hopes of using the created cap space to sign Williams and now wasted a season and didn’t even get its man.

THE JET LANDS IN BOSTON

According to Yahoo! Sports, Jason Terry is heading from one veteran team to another. Marc Spears reports that the former top sixth man will be joining the Boston Celtics, for three years at $5 million a season. That might close the door on a Ray Allen return in Beantown. The 36-year-old is also being courted by Memphis, Miami and the Clippers.

Boston also will re-sign Jeff Green, who missed last season due to a heart problem, but has been cleared to return to action.

LITHUANIA WINS OPENER

Lithuania got off to a solid start at the last-chance Olympic qualifying tournament in Venezuela.

Lithuania defeated the hosts 100-82 behind 28 points from Raptors forward Linas Kleiza. Kleiza shot a sizzling 11-for-16 from the field and added five rebounds.

Raptors rookie Jonas Valanciunas managed five points and a rebound in nine foul-plagued minutes.

AROUND THE RIM

Phoenix has offered restricted Hornets free agent Eric Gordon a max contract. New Orleans is expected to match, though Gordon told ESPN he would prefer to play in Phoenix ... Anthony Davis will attempt to play for Team USA after all. The No. 1 overall selection hurt his ankle earlier this week, but will give training camp ago, according to Yahoo! Sports … Rudy Fernandez has left the NBA to play for Real Madrid … According to the Chicago Tribune, ex-Bull Kirk Hinrich is being pursued to fill in for the injured Derrick Rose. Hinrich can play either backcourt position … Standout Milwaukee forward Ersan Ilyasova’s agent told Hoopshype he has six offers on the table, including one from the Raptors. Three of the offers are from European clubs. Toronto has concerns about Ilyasova’s ability to guard small forwards … Canadian Andrew Nicholson, the 19th pick of the draft, has signed with Orlando and will be on the team’s summer league roster.

 


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