To trade or not to trade? The long-asked question has finally been answered: To trade
Jason Kidd is finally going to Dallas (again) a week after the trade seemed to be in severe jeopardy, thanks to Devean George invoking his little-known no-trade clause to veto the deal, and Jerry Stackhouse implying that there was a pre-arranged deal for him to return to Dallas, albeit legal.
The new deal looks like this: Devin Harris, DeSagana Diop, Maurice Ager, Trenton Hassell, Keith Van Horn, first-round draft picks in 2008 and 2010 and $3 million going to New Jersey in return for Kidd, Malik Allen, and Antoine Wright. The Mavericks were able to lure Van Horn out of retirement and Van Horn will be playing for the Nets.
With the deal having been so close to completion last week, this is huge for Dallas that it got done. In the end, even though this will dent Cuban’s wallet 11M more than the original deal, Dallas will be better off this year, as they keep George instead of Hassell, and they don’t lose Stack for 30 days. New Jersey wins too with this deal. They clear cap room, and they get a young point guard to build around with in Devin Harris. With Kidd now, Dallas got one of the more loaded teams in the league, able to fly with some of the other elite team’s combos. This deal gives Dallas the mental toughness they need to contend for a title. With the West so wide open, I’m not going to crown the Mavericks, but look for them to be in the hunt.
This past week, the Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets reached an agreement to trade Jason Kidd and Malik Allen to Dallas in return for Devin Harris, Devean George, Jerry Stackhouse, DeSagana Diop, Maurice Ager, first round draft picks in 2008 and 2010, and cash going to the Nets. Only the trade has encountered several snags.
First, Devean George invoked his little-known no-trade clause granted to him because is an “early bird” free agent this summer. Because a player with such rights does not get the rights traded with him, he is compensated with the right to veto any trade.
Secondly, Stackhouse’s comment, “I get 30 days to rest, then I’ll be right back. I ain’t going nowhere,” could derail the trade. The comment could be interpreted as tampering, as a pre-arranged deal could be in place where the Nets buy him out right away, and once 30 days elapse, Stack returns to Dallas. The league office is now saying that they might not allow Stack to return to Dallas if he is in fact traded and then waived.
The deal could still be done by signing-and-trading Keith Van Horn and putting Trenton Hassell in the deal, but New Jersey wants George and Stackhouse for the expiring contracts, and Dallas owner Mark Cuban doesn’t want to pay more luxury tax, which is what would happen if Van Horn was thrown into the deal. And because of the situation with Stackhouse, Dallas doesn’t want to lose him.
If this trade falls through, it will be a disaster for the Mavericks. If it manages to go through, this team gives Dallas a fearsome foursome of Dirk-Terry-Howard-Kidd rivaling the Lakers combo of Kobe-Odom-Bynum-Gasol, and the Spurs foursome of Duncan-Parker-Bowen-Ginobli. The Nets get cap room with the expiring contracts, and a young point guard to build around in Devin Harris. What will happen is anyone’s guess, but this will be another major disaster in Dallas if it fails to happen, and it is uncertain if Dallas will recover from it