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Eddie Sefko: Deron Williams a big help in rescuing Mavs' restoration project

So, who said the Mavericks can't get a big fish in free agency? OK, so it's three years after they actually dropped a line in the water for Deron Williams. They finally reeled him into the boat last week thanks to, among other things, the Russian economy. Not that what happens in Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov's homeland dictates moves he makes with his basketball team. But with the Nets poised to pay a hefty luxury tax as their payroll soared well above the $84.7 million threshold and given that the Nets simply aren't very good Prokhorov was swayed to buy out Williams and set the wheels in motion for the Mavericks to get him at a bargain price. Williams'...