After signing a 5 year max deal with Brooklyn (and spurning the Mavs), Williams dealt with injury and motivation issues. He played a step slow and steadily declined from his production as one of the top 2 point guards in the league. Popular opinion shifted to “How lucky is Dallas to have avoided Deron Williams?” now, 3 years later, Deron sought a buyout of his large contract and joined Dallas on a discount deal. Dallas hopes that Williams can thrive in their high tempo and IQ offense, and bring some stability to the backcourt on defense.
UPDATE: Carmelo Anthony’s (alleged) reaction to Knicks’ pick of Porzingis:
“[Carmelo] feels completely hoodwinked and betrayed by Phil Jackson. He feels like he was lied to, like he was sold a bill of goods. And he’s willing to concede that he wanted his money. But he didn’t know it was going to be like this. He didn’t know it was going to be this bad. And he can’t believe that his second season under the Phil Jackson regime, he has to look forward to it being worse than even last year was.”
-Stephen A. Smith