Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that Brooklyn's trade for Joe Johnson gave Williams the push to stay with the Nets.
Deron Williams says he was close to choosing Mavs but acquisition of Joe Johnson pushed him to Nets.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 6, 2012
While the Nets were criticized for picking up the questionable contract of Johnson, the decision appears to have paid off two-fold. Meanwhile, the Mavericks are missing out on big names, as well as losing players.