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Deron Williams Chose Nets Over Mavericks Because Of Joe Johnson

Not long after Dallas native Deron Williams spurned the hometown Mavericks to stay with the Brooklyn Nets, some of the reasons are coming out.

Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports that Brooklyn's trade for Joe Johnson gave Williams the push to stay with the Nets.

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.

For all the latest news and notes on the Mavericks free agency plans, stay tuned to the SB Nation Dallas story-stream as well as Mavs Moneyball.

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