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Deron Williams Free Agency Rumors 2012: Dirk Nowitzki Thinks Race Between Nets, Mavericks Is 50-50

Dirk Nowitzki shares at least one thing in common with Brooklyn Nets fans: He's wondering where Deron Williams will land in free agency.

"I still think it's 50/50," Nowitzki said during an appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM's "Ben and Skin Show."

"I just don't know."

Williams is reportedly down to the Nets and Dallas Mavericks as his two options in free agency. Nowitzki said Williams knows what he would get if he signed with the Mavericks, and that the Mavericks need to sign the star point guard in order to accomplish their biggest goals.

"Both organizations are great and have great owners that have money and the resources to really build something," Nowitzki said. "(Mavs owner Mark) Cuban has shown it here, so, yeah, it's tough. I don't really think we need to recruit him or anything. He knows what he's got here: There's a great owner, great organization, great fans. It's just a matter of does he want to come home and be close to home or does he rather want to make the move to New York and get probably more endorsement deals and stuff like that? I think if that's on his mind it's definitely better in New York."

"If he comes we can be right back in the mix. We obviously know that the top in the West is very, very good, very athletic and young, just a bunch of playmakers on the team," Nowitzki said, clearly referencing the Thunder. "We definitely need him if we want to make the next step."

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