Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 6/29/12
FRISCO, Texas Over the next several days, Mavericks fans should learn whether or not The Colony's own Deron Williams will be bringing his game to Big D or if in fact he will remain with his current club, the Brooklyn Nets. But Mavs fans won't be the only ones waiting with rapt anticipation to see whether or not Williams is indeed going to need some Change of Address forms from the U.S. Postal Service or if his life isn't going to change all that much. The Dallas players will also be waiting to see if D-Will is their newest teammate or if he will continue to play for the Nets. At a Friday morning practice session for the Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game, a charity event on Saturday at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco to benefit the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, several Mavs players as well as head coach Dirk Nowitzki were in attendance and of course, they were all asked about whether they think Williams will indeed be joining the Mavs in fairly short order or if he will remain a Net. Off guard Dominique Jones is heading into his third NBA season and during his first few seasons as a Maverick, he has come to expect one thing from the organization when it comes to doing whatever it takes to make the team better. "I know everybody has question marks about that whether Williams is coming here or not, but I just feel that Donnie Nelson, Mark Cuban and all the guys that's in the office, they know what they're doing," Jones said. "They're going to make great decisions so at the end of the day we're going to be good." At this time a year ago, Vince Carter wasn't even a Maverick and as a veteran NBA player who has gone through free agency himself, he definitely knows what Williams is experiencing and boiled his decision down to a simple yet inescapable factor. "I've been in that situation before so I understand what's going through his mind, the pressure of trying to make 'the right decision' and everybody's having their opinion. He's going to do what he should do," Carter said. "It's a big spectacle and I feel like he has to sit back and make his own decision. He's going to be criticized, critiqued either way. He has to figure out what's best for him and kind of go from there." Like Carter, Delonte West was another player who was new to the Mavs last season. And after talking about his batting stroke and even referring to that classic baseball movie Field of Dreams, he too weighed in on the possibility of playing alongside Williams next season. "That'd be a beautiful thing, with his talent level and his ability to do so many things. As the top-10 point guard that he is he can take your team to another level, put everyone in position to do what they do best, take a lot of pressure off of Dirk Nowitzki," West said. "Dirk's still going to get the same points but he could take a lot of pressure off him where everything doesn't have to go through him. That's what he needs right now. The rest of those guys, we can fill in around him. We're all seasoned players and we can get the job done. A guy like Deron could definitely push us right back into the Finals." West is himself a free agent this summer and there's no doubt in his mind where he'd like to be playing again once training camp gets rolling in early fall. "No, I don't know if I'll be back or not. I definitely want to be here," he said. "I found a home with Dallas but right now, free agency's still a few days away. I'm still a Maverick so I'm taking all the free shorts I can right now. But yeah, I think everything's looking good but we'll see how things work out." Brian Cardinal is another Mavs free agent and like West, he'd absolutely like to return to Dallas next season but like Carter, free agency is nothing new to him and if he's learned one thing throughout his NBA career it's that truly anything can happen this time of year. "I'm optimistic. As we all know, it's a crazy business," he said. "It remains to be seen what's going to happen but I'd love to be back. We'll see what happens." But as a current and former free agent, he definitely knows what Williams is experiencing right now during the process. "I think there's a lot of excitement going through his mind. He's got a variety of options," Cardinal said. "The latest rumors are us and the Nets so we'll see what happens. He's got some opportunities out there and hopefully he comes out here but who knows what's going to happen?" However, the man who came to be known as "The Custodian" during the Mavs' championship run in 2011 realizes that Williams' final decision might come down to one very basic fact. "I think if he wants to win and if he wants a chance for a championship, this is the best situation out there," Cardinal said. "Having a chance to play with Dirk Nowitzki these past two seasons, it's amazing what he does out there on the court. The amount of attention that he draws from the defense opens so many opportunities for everybody out there. I would think somebody that handles the ball as much as Deron does, I would think it'd be a no-brainer but we'll see." And it only makes sense that the final Maverick to weigh in on the Deron Williams situation was none other than 2007 NBA MVP Dirk Nowitzki. The big German held court with the media for a few minutes after taking a few rips in the batting cage in Frisco and said the following about the man who could be his newest teammate. "Yeah, it is out of my hands but that's obviously the big thing. We're all hoping and looking forward to free agency. It's going to be a fun week if you're a Dallas Maverick to watch. We'll see what happens. It's sort of great that we're one of two teams. There are 30 teams in the league and he's basically deciding between us and New Jersey," Nowitzki said. "We'll see who comes out on top but he knows we'd love to have him. He's from here and his mom lives here. He's a great dude and a good player first and foremost. He's definitely the type of player that can create his own shot and can get the ball to where he wants it to be." Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle was also in attendance and the veteran coach was asked if having to discuss Williams and the possibility of him coming here was starting to become annoying or even stressful. Of course, staying true to form, he offered a somewhat humorous response. "Stressful? There's no such thing as stress, only people having stressful thoughts," Carlisle said.
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