Nets keep Deron Williams
Deron Williams is staying with the Nets.
The All-Star point guard said on his Twitter page Tuesday night that he “made a very tough decision today” and posted a picture of the new team logo that accompanies the Nets’ move from New Jersey to Brooklyn.
A person with knowledge of the decision said Williams told the team he was accepting its five-year contract worth $98 million.
Williams, the top free agent available, chose to stay with the Nets over signing with his hometown team, the Dallas Mavericks.
It’s a huge triumph for the Nets as they prepare to move into the Barclays Center to start the 2012-13 season. They gave up an enormous package to get Williams in a surprising February 2011 trade, sending promising forward Derrick Favors, point guard Devin Harris, two first-round draft picks and cash to the Utah Jazz.
It was worth it for the Nets, who needed a franchise player with them to build buzz for their move to New York.
Williams wanted to make a quick decision before he reports to training camp in Las Vegas with the U.S. men’s basketball team on Thursday. He met with both teams Monday, the day after free agency opened, and made his Twitter posting about 7 p.m. Contracts can’t be signed until July 11.
Williams’ decision comes a day after the Nets agreed to a deal with the Hawks for All-Star guard Joe Johnson.
The Hawks sent Johnson to the Nets for five players and a draft pick, and dealt forward Marvin Williams to the Utah Jazz for guard Devin Harris.
Atlanta will receive guards Anthony Morrow, Jordan Farmar and DeShawn Stevenson and forwards Jordan Williams and Johan Petro, along with a draft pick Brooklyn received from Houston in a previous deal.
Magic sign draft pick
The Orlando Magic signed first-round draft pick Andrew Nicholson.
Orlando General Manager Rob Hennigan announced the move Tuesday. Nicholson, a 6-foot-9 forward out of St. Bonaventure, was the 19th overall selection in last week’s draft and was the Atlantic 10 conference player of the year as a senior last season.
Nicholson will join Magic second-round pick Kyle O’Quinn from Norfolk State on Orlando’s summer league team, which will compete July 9-13 at Amway Center.
Magic players Justin Harper, DeAndre Liggins and Ish Smith will also play on Orlando’s 15-man summer league roster.
Brooklyn, Boston, Philadelphia, Utah, Oklahoma City, Indiana and Detroit will also field teams.
Raptors want Fields
Knicks guard Landry Fields could be on his way out of New York after agreeing to sign an offer sheet with the Toronto Raptors.
The Octagon agency confirmed the deal, reported to be for three years and about $20 million.
Since Fields is a restricted free agent, the Knicks will have three days to match the offer after it can be signed on July 11.
The second-round pick from Stanford in 2010 was a first-team, All-Rookie pick in 2011 and followed by starting 62 of the Knicks’ 66 games last season, averaging 8.8 points.
The Raptors met with Phoenix point guard Steve Nash on Sunday and are hoping to sign the two-time MVP from Canada.
Pacers retain Hill
The Indiana Pacers and point guard George Hill have agreed to a new deal.
Hill’s co-agent, Michael Whitaker, wrote in a text message that Hill, a 26-year-old restricted free agent, will sign once the NBA’s moratorium period ends on July 11. He did not disclose terms.
Hill joined the Pacers after a draft-day deal in 2011 that sent Indiana draft pick Kawhi Leonard to San Antonio, and he averaged 9.6 points and 2.9 assists per game last season.
The Pacers are still trying to reach a deal with free agent center Roy Hibbert.