Deron Williams is staying with the Nets.
The All-Star point guard said on his Twitter feed Tuesday night that he ‘‘made a very tough decision today’’ and posted a picture of the new team logo that accompanies the Nets’ move from New Jersey to Brooklyn.
A person with knowledge of the decision said Williams told the team he was accepting their five-year contract worth $98 million.
Williams, the top free agent available, chose to stay with the Nets over signing with his hometown team, the Dallas Mavericks.
It’s a huge triumph for the Nets as they prepare to move into the new Barclays Center to start the 2012-13 season. They gave up an enormous package to get Williams in a surprising February 2011 trade, sending promising forward Derrick Favors, point guard Devin Harris, two first-round draft picks and cash to the Jazz.
Williams wanted to make a quick decision before he reports to training camp in Las Vegas with the US Olympic men’s basketball team Thursday. He met with both teams Monday, the day after free agency opened, and made his Twitter posting at about 7 p.m.
The person confirmed the agreement on condition of anonymity because contracts can’t be signed until July 11.
Williams’s decision comes a day after the Nets agreed to a deal with Atlanta for All-Star guard Joe Johnson, and amid reports they are still hoping to make a deal with Orlando for Dwight Howard.
Lin to visit Rockets
Two people with knowledge of the plans said Jeremy Lin will visit the Rockets Wednesday, and the Knicks guard is expected to get a contract offer. The Rockets waived Lin last year and he was claimed by the Knicks, turning into a breakout star when he landed the starting point guard job. One of the people told the AP the Rockets are planning to make Lin, the former Harvard star, a multiyear offer, though the Knicks can match it and have said they intend to keep the restricted free agent . . . Knicks guard Landry Fields could be on his way out of New York after agreeing to sign an offer sheet with the Raptors. The Octagon agency confirmed the deal, reported to be for three years and about $20 million. Since Fields is a restricted free agent, the Knicks will have three days to match the offer . . . The Pacers and point guard George Hill have agreed to a new deal. Hill’s co-agent, Michael Whitaker, wrote in a text message Tuesday that Hill, a 26-year-old restricted free agent, will sign once the NBA’s moratorium period ends July 11. He did not disclose terms.
Warriors sign Barnes
The Warriors have signed first-round pick Harrison Barnes. Terms of the deal for the seventh overall pick from North Carolina were not disclosed. The 6-foot-8-inch Barnes averaged 17.1 points and 5.2 rebounds for the Tar Heels . . . A person familiar with the situation said the Warriors also met with free agent Brandon Roy about joining the team in his attempted comeback. Roy, a three-time All-Star, announced his retirement in December after five seasons with the Trail Blazers because of chronic knee problems. The 27-year-old has averaged 19 points, 4.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds in 321 games . . . The Magic signed first-round draft pick Andrew Nicholson, a 6-9 forward out of St. Bonaventure. He was the 19th overall selection in last week’s draft and was the Atlantic 10 conference player of the year as a senior last season.