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Mark Cuban responds, trolls Deron Williams

The Mavericks' outspoken owner fired back at the Nets PG after Williams said Cuban's absence in their meeting helped him decide to choose Brooklyn.

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Deron Williams made a splash on Monday when he said that Mark Cuban's decision to film Shark Tank instead of personally meet with him helped Williams choose Brooklyn.

As you would expect, Cuban fired back with a smart-ass comment on Tuesday (courtesy of ESPN's Chuck Cooperstein):

"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. "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.'

I'm sure the Nets front office will recover from Williams' "throwing them under the bus," but on the whole, it's an impressive bit of concern trolling from Cuban.

His larger point is that Dallas is better off with the flexibility they received by adding players with one year on their contract instead of giving Williams a max contract. We shall see about that.

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