On Wednesday, Deron Williams will return to Brooklyn for the first time since his $27.5 million buyout.
“It took a lot out of me, man, those three years. Some of the hardest in my life,” Williams said. “Made me question if I even wanted to play basketball when I was done with that contract.”
The Mavericks are set to play the Nets on Wednesday.
Williams signed a two-year contract with the Mavericks in July. He signed a max contract to remain with the Nets from 2012 to 2015 and struggled in his final year, averaging 13.0 points and 6.6 assists with a career-worst in 38.7% shooting percentage from the field.
The Nets only managed to win one playoff series after Williams's contract extension in 2012. The point guard also missed time due to injuries throughout his Nets tenure.
“Like I said, I knew things would’ve been different if I wouldn’t have been hurt. And wouldn't have had four coaches in three and a half years. Wouldn't have had to learn a new system every six months,” Williams said. ”But things happen for a reason. It’s all God’s plan. That part of my life is over. And I can focus on this. It's a new chapter in my life. I’m excited about this.”
Wednesday night's contest will be Williams's first game at the Barclays Center since his $27.5 million buyout. Williams is averaging 15.1 points, 5.8 assists and 3.3 rebound per game this season for the Mavs, who are 15–12.
- Christopher Chavez