It has been confirmed that the Dallas Mavericks have re-signed Deron Williams for the 2016-2017 NBA season. However, did the team really make the right move in giving the point guard a one-year deal that's worth $10 million?
News about Williams renewing his role with the Mavs for next season was confirmed by NBA TV via Twitter. The negotiations for the contract extension probably went well between the Mavs and Williams especially since the latter is very open to the idea joining the team again after becoming a free agent last season.
"This has been a great year for me, as far as just being happy and enjoying basketball again," he told Mavs.com. "You know, with all the guys on the team and the coaching staff, it's been a great situation for myself. Aside from the injuries, everything was great this season."
"I would love to be back," he continued. "Like I said, this was a great year for me, and I'm definitely happy here. My family is settled and happy here, so it'd definitely be great to be back. It was good. You know, it was a great situation, and I definitely would love to be back."
Although re-signing Williams means that Dallas will no longer have to look for a replacement point guard for next year, some would probably say that team owner Mark Cuban probably paid way too much for the athlete especially since he's apparently very prone to injuries.
Last season, he missed four games in December due to a hamstring injury. Then, in March of this year, he missed another eight matches because of a left abdominal strain. The same condition emerged again during the first round of the playoff series when the Mavs faced off against the Oklahoma City Thunder, which then forced him to miss out the rest of the finals and the remainder of the season.
Given his track record, Williams is a bit of a gamble especially if given a contract worth $10 million. But then again, even with an injury-riddled season, he became the first Mavericks player to score 30 points and make 15 assists in one game since Jason Kidd played in 1966.