Deron Williams first said his reason for re-signing with the Brooklyn Nets was because GM Billy King convinced him that the franchise future was bright.
Then Williams said he re-signed because the Nets traded for Joe Johnson.
Now Williams says this week it was all about how Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban skipped the recruiting meeting with him to film the television show "Shark Tank."
He told the New York Times Cuban's absence flat out affected his decision, saying:
“A lot of the questions that me and my agent had for them really didn’t get answered that day — you know, pertaining to the future. And I think if he was there, he would have been able to answer those questions a little bit better. Maybe would have helped me.”
Cuban fired back telling the Dallas Morning News:
“I’m a big D-Will fan, but I’m kind of surprised that he would throw his front office under the bus like that by saying that I would make a difference,’’ Cuban said before the Mavericks’ exhibition game against FC Barcelona Regal. “I would have expected him to say – like I’d expect one of our guys to say – ‘Hey I’m so thrilled with the front office and the moves we made and our team that it wouldn’t have mattered what he did.’
“That’s what I expect our guys to say and that’s the way I feel about our team. Again, I’m a big D-Will fan, but it’s not about individual players, it’s about building a team. And I really think we put together a good team for the current team and the future.
“He’s a superstar point guard, but my goal is to build a team. That’s the important thing, to try to win championships.
“I’m flattered that he thought my presence would have made more of a difference than what the Nets’ management did.’’
The Nets and Mavericks will meet March 1, should be a good one.