Report: Former Utah Jazz All-Star Deron Williams Receives Final Paycheck From Brooklyn Nets
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former Utah Jazz guard and NBA All-Star Deron Williams received his final NBA payday from the Brooklyn Nets, according to Nets beat writer Anthony Puccio.
Williams’ payday with the Nets reportedly ended on Tuesday, June 30. The former Brooklyn guard last played for the Nets during the 2014-15 season.
According to Puccio, the now-retired guard had his contract “stretched over the past 5 seasons at around $5.5 million per year” and through the end of June 2020.
In 2015, the Nets traded Williams to the Dallas Mavericks and agreed to buy out the remaining $43 million on his “contract for $27.5 million, with payments to him spread over the next five seasons.”
Williams had originally signed a five-year, $99 million deal with the Nets.
What makes Williams payday more fascinating is that the guard last played in the NBA more than two seasons ago. The last time the former Jazzman checked into an NBA game was during the 2016-17 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Deron Williams’ NBA Career
Williams played in the league from 2005-17. He was originally selected by the Utah Jazz with the third overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.
From 2005-11, Williams starred for the Jazz.
In February 2011, legendary Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and Williams got into a heated argument.
After a disagreement on a play call during a game, Sloan and Williams reportedly exchanged angry words with each at halftime.
Sloan resigned from the head coaching position with the Jazz after the game. It ended a 26-year run for Sloan with the Jazz.
Shortly after the incident Utah’s traded Williams to the New Jerseys Nets.
In five and a half seasons, Williams played 439 games in a Jazz uniform. During his time in Utah, Williams averaged 17.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 9.1 assists per game. He was honored as an NBA All-Star in 2010 and 2011 before joining the Nets.
In his first season with the Nets, Williams was named an All-Star once again.
He played for the Nets from 2011-2015.
In 2015, Williams signed with his hometown team, the Dallas Mavericks. Williams played for the Mavs until 2017.
Williams last played in the NBA with the Cavaliers in 2017 when the Cavs fell in the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors.
During his 12 year career, Williams averaged 16.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 8.1 assists per contest.
The former Jazzman also earned two gold medals as a member of Team USA in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
After retiring from professional basketball, the former NBA star reconciled with Sloan and has attended a Jazz game.
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