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Deron pleased Dwightmare is over, says it was getting 'old'

Deron Williams, center, in action during the men's

Deron Williams, center, in action during the men's exhibition game between Team U.S.A. and Team Great Britain at Manchester Arena. (July 19, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

Deron Williams is glad the Dwightmare is finally in the rearview mirror.

With Dwight Howard officially traded to the Lakers yesterday, the Nets can truly move on from their fruitless pursuit of the NBA's top center, something that's perfectly fine with the Nets All-Star point guard. 

“We went down that road a lot," he told reporters after Team USA's semifinal win over Argentina. "Billy [King] did everything he could to try and get a deal done. They just didn’t want to deal him to us. So, what can you do?"

The Magic reportedly turned down what was a better deal from the Nets last month. They offered Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, MarShon Brooks and four unprotected No. 1 picks for Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon and Earl Clark.

Williams checked out of the chase for Howard's services a while ago.

"Mentally, I wasn’t in the Dwight sweepstakes anymore,” he said. “It got kind of old. I’m happy for him. I know he wanted to get out of Orlando. He did that, and he’s going to a great franchise. So I wish him the best of luck.”

Of course, the trade also sent some shockwaves through the Atlantic Division. The Sixers landed Andrew Bynum in the four-team blockbuster deal, making the division even that much more formidable.

Yes, Lopez's duties when the two teams collide -- their first meeting is Dec. 23 at the Barclays Center -- just got a wee bit harder.

“We have a lot of tough opponents in our division," Williams said. "We have the Celtics who have been there and done that. We have the Knicks who are playing better. The Sixers, who have Andrew Bynum, a big post presence there."

“We’re going to have a tough division, and we’re a new team, and we have to figure out how to play together. But I think Brook is a great piece to have. He’s been injured. He’s been on teams that don’t get much attention. I know he’s looking forward to having a big year.’’

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