Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 5:20 pm  |  25 responses

Mikhail Prokorov Will ‘Crush’ Mark Cuban if He Signs Deron Williams

Hilariously, the rights to Deron Williams’ services once he becomes a free agent this summer, may have to be won over a kickboxing fight between two billionaires. That is, according to a joking (we think) Mikhail Prokhorov. From the NY Daily News: “Speaking in front of the Barclays Center construction site on Tuesday – his first media appearance since cancelling the Carmelo Anthony trade negotiations last January – Prokhorov issued a playful warning to Cuban for chasing Deron Williams in free agency. ‘Let the best man win,’ Prokhorov said. ‘If he wins, I will crush him with the kickboxing throwdown.’ Although Prokhorov made the comment in jest, he’s taking the issue of retaining Williams seriously. The Russian oligarch said he met with Williams on Monday, drawing a conclusion that “we’re on the same page.” Prokhorov stopped short of saying he’s confident Williams will re-sign, however. ‘We have I think we have a very good discussion,’ Prokhorov said. ‘He really wants to win. And I want to win maybe even more. Really I don’t want to go into details. But really I think at this stage, we are on the same page.’ The Nets can offer Williams an extra year and about $30 million more than the Mavericks. But returning to Dallas – Williams’ hometown — is an attractive option, with Cuban acting as the catalyst. ‘I think he wants to win and he wants to be part of a great franchise,’ Prokhorov said. ‘We have the same view on this. And I can’t comment more. It’s better to ask him what was our conversation. I mean what I already mentioned.’”

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  • shawnkemp4prez

    Prokorov = Ivan Drago
    Cuban = Rocky Balboa

    We already know how that one ends

  • ALD

    deron should stay. Mavericks are getting real old and some of their players want to play for the heat … Or go to OKC

  • shawnkemp4prez

    Mavs are indeed getting old, but Cubes has shown time and time again that he will open his wallet wide in order to keep the Mavs in contention. Dallas would be a much safer bet for a winner, even in the beastly West. HOWEVER, D-Will would have to go up against CP3, Nash, Westbrook, Parker and a budding Ricky Rubio in the future for All-Star votes, and that could potentially tear down his star power aka endorsement deals. If he’s about his money, he’ll stay in the East. If he wants jewelry, he’ll head West.

  • http://nba.com Moj

    Nets= promising young core, a lot of room for significant FA/trade signings, billionaire owner who wants to spend, BK
    Mavs= Main players will be old or retire very soon (JKidd, Dirk, Marion), most likely to end up in that awkward “we used to be good” stage like the Suns.
    Stay where you are, get paid, and win Deron. You can spend plenty of time at home in Dallas during the offseason and when you’re retired.

  • http://Google Shano From The Wickid

    I dont think the russian is really in it to win it in nj. He just wants to have a marquee name when they move to brooklyn. If dwill wants to win nj is not the place imo

  • http://www.gil1906.com Pve84

    Isn’t Mikhail running for president of Russia? How’d that go?

  • Shifty

    We all know Cuban will put a hit on him by KGB spies. I heard prokorov is thinking of getting into politics.

  • ripslam

    Uh, who exactly makes up the Nets’ “promising young core”? Kris Humphries? Gerald Green? Prokhorov also hasn’t shown a terrible amount of interest in the team after buying, either. He just wants to make sure the Nets don’t move into their sparkling new arena with Brook Lopez as the face of the franchise.

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    Cubes is a supersharp guy who is worth $2.5 billion. Thing is Prokorov is worth something like $18 billion. So Cubes can’t win this one because he’s richer or smarter than the other guy. It will be up to Williams, I guess…………

  • MikeC.

    Don’t forget to factor in the “stink” that comes with a Nets uniform. That ish doesn’t just wash off. It only goes away with a trade our fleeing as a FA.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Yeah I guess he lost the presidency? Lol and the “beastly west”? Why do u people keep thinking the West is harder than the East lol wtf.

  • Yep

    ^Because the West is destroying the East this year and is way more competitive. The West has won 40 plus more games against the East this year than lost. The interconference record is something like 146-108. That’s an estimation but still. The East has the Bobcats…


    the worst 2 teams in the l yep belong in the east. bobcats + wizards have a combine 21 wins

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    The problem is that Ivan Drago used enhancements and lab-testing to get his power, where as Balboa ran in the snow and pushed tractors… everyone knows that there are no tractors in New Jersey/Brooklyn. Your better off going to Dallas to push tractors in the snow Deron.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    The East’s top 5 teams kill the West’s top 5.

  • http://nba.com Moj

    @ripslam: so you’re saying that Humphries (a legit big), Green (HUGE improvement from his former self and can shoot now),Brooks (ton of petential), Lopez (even more potential although I don’t see him developing into a dominant big), and Morrow (can shoot the lights out) aren’t “promising”? Wallace isn’t exactly young but I’d throw his name in there too. Yes, that is infact a solid core to build around.

  • ripslam

    I will admit that Humphries has turned into a reliable starting 4 this season. IMO he’d be better served as a trade chip than someone to actually form a roster around. Green is a highlight-reel machine, but still relies on his athleticism for buckets. Lopez is an NBA starting center who has averaged 4.8 rebounds over the past two seasons, plays zero defense, is fragile, and needs to be the first option on offense to be effective. Brooks and Morrow are one-dimensional players. If the Nets’ youth movement is so great, they wouldn’t be 21-38.
    That sounded kind of harsh, but I stand by it :D

  • http://Juanm.garcia@comcast.net KingsWithRings

    Plus don’t forget that if Miami doesn’t win this year LeBron will be all up in JZ’s nut sack to play in Brooklyn. You heard it here first

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    If he wins, I will crush him with the kickboxing throwdown – seems like pretty russian thing to say

  • http://www.huwlhopkins.com #6marjon

    Its like Rocky VI

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Reeeaaally glad shawnkemp4prez explained that one for me.

  • SMIK

    Drago Voice ~ “i must brake you” LOL slam didnt disappointed, Drago was the first thing that came in mind.

  • -Mas-

    I see Deron staying with the Nets. The key might be in the draft. If they land in the top three spots they will get a really good player. If not no harm done. M. Brooks, B. Lopez, G. Green are young and still with great upside. I really believe that the East Coast is more fun than Dallas. Another option is to give STEVE NASH a golden retierment check to come play in NY. He loves it here. I think you can out bid anyone for Nash.

  • EJ

    If it’s really gonna happen, I’d say Mikhail is Drago and Cuban is Apollo.

  • Scot Peirson

    Look, the Mavs took a hit this season in preparation for this offseason. D-Will–who just happens to be a Dallas native–was ALWAYS targeted by Cuban. After all, he’s a better shooting version of Jason Kidd (Make that, A LOT BETTER SHOOTING VERSION OF JASON KIDD) who immediately steps into the starting lineup of the Mavs. By the way–Texas has no state income tax (Of course, Williams already knew that) and New York has one of the highest state income tax rates in the nation. Dallas might be a “veteran” team, but it isn’t an “old” team. The Mavs still have a little time in their title window with Nowitzki. Plan A for Cuban for 2012-2013 has ALWAYS been Williams replacing Kidd.