So why did point guard Deron Williams wait over three months to say one of the reasons he didn't sign a free agent contract with the Dallas Mavericks was because owner Mark Cuban didn't attend a meeting?
During the free agency period in July, Williams had narrowed his choices down to the Brooklyn Nets and Mavs. The Mavs sent coach Rick Carlisle, general manager Donnie Nelson and special consultant Michael Finley to New York to meet with Williams and try to convince him to sign with the Mavs.
Williams told New York reporters on Monday that the fact Cuban wasn't at the meeting had a major impact on him re-signing with the Nets.
Cuban had a prior commitment that required him to be in Los Angeles to tape a segment of his TV show, Shark Tank.
Williams said he needed to ask Cuban about his plans for the future. Uh, couldn't he ask Nelson and Carlisle that?
Williams said Nets general manager Billy King was giving him constant updates of the Nets' plans. The last time I checked, Nelson is in the same role with the Mavs as King is with the Nets.
While Williams was meeting with Nelson, Carlisle and Finley, the Nets executed a trade with Atlanta and acquired Joe Johnson. After Williams emerged from that meeting with the Mavs' contingent, he said the acquisition of Johnson helped sway him in the direction of the Nets.
Now, he's saying it was Cuban's absence.
So which one is it, Williams? The lame excuse that you chose the Nets over the Mavs because Cuban wasn't there isn't holding water among the Mavs' followers.
-- Dwain Price
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