Bill Simmons: Deron Williams To Dallas 'Is A Lock'

Tucked away in a footnote in Bill Simmons' latest NBA mega-post on Grantland is this interesting little tidbit:

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Nobody feels sorry for [Deron Williams] because he ruined the last year of Jerry Sloan's career, and for that he remains in NBA Purgatory - at least until he signs with Dallas this summer. We're all supposed to pretend this might not happen even though it's a bigger summer lock than Michael Phelps winning a gold medal. I haven't talked to one person "In the Know" who isn't 100 percent convinced that Dallas is getting him. But let's all keep pretending this isn't true.

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If the Mavericks amnesty Brendan Haywood and decline Lamar Odom's team option, they would only have five players under contract: Dirk, Shawn Marion, Rodrigue Beaubois, Brandan Wright and Dominique Jones.

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It's hard to know how seriously to take the chatter Simmons is passing along, but it certainly makes the summer of 2012 more interesting for Dallas fans.

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