Deron Williams is meeting with Dallas and Brooklyn on Monday, he told ESPN’s Broussard on Saturday night, but he’ll go into it with one team favored. You figure that would make executives from each team even more nervous as hell BUT we have this sneaking feeling it only emboldens the two owners in this free agency fight. Mark Cuban will go into full Cubes mode offering up everything Big D has to offer, while Mikhail Prokhorov is going to be letting Deron in on some options on Russian oil fields. Maybe the possibilities of this showdown only seems like a hilarious premise to us. Nonetheless, we’d love to be sitting in on both teams’ strategy sessions this weekend as they err on the side of caution not knowing if they’re the favored team. Maybe the carrot Brooklyn dangles is Howard. … Michael Beasley will be looking for his third team in his (still) young career after the Timberwolves declined the option on his contract and Anthony Randolph‘s, as well. What do you do with Beas, who reluctantly took the sixth man role in Minny and had flashes of nice production? Randolph was the 14th pick from the 2008 NBA Draft that produced Beasley and also No. 3 pick O.J. Mayo — another guy whose contract option was just declined. We can’t dismiss the T-Wolves’ move as wrong, though: Beasley was owed an $8.1 million option, and that’s way too high for 11.5 points and 4.4 boards per game last season. Mayo and Beas have such similar stories on the court. Neither guy got solid footing with his team(s), despite these huge nights where you think they’ve put it together. Consistency’s the problem for Beasley moreso than O.J., though not in the locker room where you might expect with his past. By all accounts he’s been a stand-up guy who just didn’t mesh with Rick Adelman. … Shane Battier took cuts recently at a Miami Marlins game and reportedly dropped some balls into the gaps and even near the fence. He was probably casually discussing foreign policy with Ozzie Guillen while he was doing it, too. Chris Bosh was supposed to show up and had a jersey even waiting for him in the dugout, a Florida Sun-Sentinel story said, but he didn’t show up by game time. Seeing a 6-11 dude take cuts would have been interesting. … We’re out like Dwight Howard.
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