Mavericks Sign Guard Deron Williams
- For Immediate Release
- July 14, 2015
DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks announced today that they have signed free agent guard Deron Williams. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Williams (6'3, 200) is a 10-year veteran with career averages of 17.0 points, 8.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 35.1 minutes in 716 games (664 starts) for two teams (Utah and New Jersey/Brooklyn). Overall, he has shot .447 (4290-9589FGs) from the field .358 (996-2780 FGs) from three-point range and .819 (2609-3187 FTs) from the free throw line.
Williams was a member of three All-Star teams (2010-2012), made the All-NBA Second Team in 2008 and 2010 and won gold medals as part of Team USA at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He was also a member of the All-Rookie First Team in 2006 and became only the third player in NBA history to have 1500+ points and 800+ assists while shooting .500+ from the field in a single season in 2007-2008 (also Magic Johnson 1986-1987 and 1988-1989 and Kevin Johnson 1988-1989).
He spent last season with the Nets and averaged 13.0 points, 6.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 31.1 minutes in 68 games (55 starts).
A familiar face to Dallas/Fort Worth, Williams played high school basketball for The Colony before attending the University of Illinois. He was selected by the Utah Jazz in the first round (third overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft. On February 23, 2011, he was traded to New Jersey in exchange for Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, two first round picks (Nets 2011, Golden State 2012) and cash considerations. He re-signed with Brooklyn on July 11, 2012.