Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

For a while it looked like Deron Williams could sign with the Mavericks this past offseason, but he wound up back with the Nets. Earlier this week, Deron explained that Mark Cuban’s absence from his free agent meeting with Dallas helped him choose to re-sign with Brooklyn. When asked about Williams’ comments, Cuban couldn’t resist responding with a little mind game.“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 according to the Dallas Morning News. “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.”Cuban added that he is “flattered” his presence could have affected Deron’s decision, but he made his point loud and clear. While the Mavs owner is simply defending himself for filming a reality TV show instead of meeting with a superstar who is possibly interested in signing with the team, Cuban makes a good point. Williams should be saying he chose the Nets because that’s where he wanted to be, not because Cuban blew him off.

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