D.Will to Big D in 2012?

Ken Berger of CBS Sports reports the Dallas Mavericks are saving up cap space with every intention of making a run at Nets free agent point man Deron Williams in the summer of 2012. With an aged Jason Kidd entering the final year of his contract and free agent Jose Barea’s future uncertain in Dallas, the Mavericks may be in dire need of a point guard next season.

Williams, a Dallas native, would have the opportunity to carry on Kidd’s winning tradition—not in the "Garden State"—but instead in the "Lone Star State." Speaking of lone stars, Dirk Nowitzki may be the Maverick’s only all-star around next summer with current free agents Caron Butler and Tyson Chandler likely playing elsewhere this upcoming season while Jason Terry and Kidd will be off Dallas’ payroll in 2012.

The Mavericks are expected to be 21 million dollars under the cap entering a 2012 free agency period headlined by: Chris Paul, Dwight Howard and Deron Williams. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has hardly been gun-shy to pull the trigger on blockbuster trades or reluctant to whip out the checkbook to recruit additional talent to surround the franchise’s prized seven-footer. With Nowitzki in the midst of his prime and the Mavericks ready to begin their title defense, the Mavericks could be a sleeping suitor for Williams’ services in 2012.

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