Rejected Nets signs for Deron Williams

The Brooklyn Nets wished Deron Williams a happy birthday by parking this sign in Manhattan. Courtesy Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets showed a little love to their star point guard (who, coincidentally, happens to become eligible for free agency on July 1) by parking a truck in front of his Manhattan residence wishing him a happy birthday.

The goodwill gesture soon devolved into a battle between Nets fans and Dallas Mavericks fans, from the two teams Williams has indicated are his finalists.

While the sign seems simple enough, Playbook's dubious network of sources uncovered a first draft with several proposed greetings that the Nets rejected:

Dave Wilson contributed to this skullduggery.