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Monday, July 2, 2012
Mavs have made pitch, Nets now up

By Jeff Caplan

ESPN.com's Marc Stein is reporting that the Dallas Mavericks' sitdown with top free agent target Deron Williams is over and that the Brooklyn Nets are now engaging the three-time All-Star.

There is no indication when Williams will ultimately make his decision.

The Mavs trio of president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, head coach Rick Carlisle and special consultant Michael Finley met with the Williams in New York for approximately two hours.

The Nets have also reportedly completed a trade for Hawks guard Joe Johnson, hoping the move will help sway Williams to commit to becoming the face of the franchise as it makes the move to Brooklyn.

And hanging in the balance of all this is Jason Kidd, who seems set to follow Williams.