Deron Williams returns home Wednesday night, both to the place where his basketball career began as a high school star and where he had the chance to return and spend his prime as a pro when the Mavericks battled with the Nets to sign him as an unrestricted free agent last summer.

But Williams passed up that opportunity to come home, and instead signed a five-year contract for nearly $100 million to remain a Net, something he expects his hometown fans to remember when he takes the floor against the Mavericks tonight.

“Usually I get cheers,” Williams said after scoring 31 points in 28 minutes in Monday’s blowout win in Detroit. “Now I’ll probably get booed.

“I don’t know why. I didn’t leave. I never said I was going to go there.”

Williams is right — he never said he would come home to pair with Dirk Nowitzki, and the Nets always were the heavy favorites to re-sign him, because of their ability to offer him an extra year and close to $30 million more in guaranteed money.

But if you have listened to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban in the weeks and months since Williams decided to stay in Brooklyn, perhaps the fans should instead stand and applaud him for choosing not to play for Cuban’s team.

“In hindsight, I don’t know if I would have been happy [if we’d signed him],” the always opinionated Mavericks owner said during a local radio interview last August, the first of a few times that he would touch on the subject and express a similar opinion. “I think we’re in better position now than we would’ve been if we’d gotten him.”