Posted July 02, 2012

Report: Deron Williams to meet with Mavericks first, then Nets

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Deron Williams

Free agent point guard Deron Williams will meet with the Dallas Mavericks first on Monday before heading back east to meet with the Brooklyn Nets. (Chris Chambers, Getty Images)

Deron Williams will give the Dallas Mavericks the first shot to woo him in free agency.

Williams will meet with the Mavericks Monday morning before heading back to the East Coast to meet with the Brooklyn Nets later in the evening, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Sunday.

Last Sunday, Williams narrowed down his choices to remaining with the Nets or signing with the Mavericks. The Nets can offer Williams more money — five years and about $100 million, compared with the Mavericks’ four years and $75 million. But the Mavericks can offer Williams a chance to play for his hometown team and a better chance to play for a championship alongside Dirk Nowitzki.

Stein reported that both Nowitzki and Mavericks owner Marc Cuban have been blowing up Williams’ phone with recruiting pitches since free agency started at 12:01 a.m. Sunday morning. However, neither will be able to make the meeting on Monday.

Previous reports have said that Williams and fellow free-agent point guard Jason Kidd plan to sign together, with the Mavericks or Nets.

The Nets are also planning to meet with free-agent point guard Steve Nash on Monday, Stein reported. Nash already has reportedly received offers from the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors.