Mavs-Kidd Trade Final
After a bunch of false starts, the Dallas Mavericks will be landing perennial All Star guard Jason Kidd. The original trade would have involved Devean George and Jerry Stackhouse along with Devin Harris, but with George exercising a no-trade clause in his contract and the League frowning upon Stackhouse's claims that he would be released by the Nets and resigned with the Mavs, the deal appeared to have fell apart. But Cuban opened his wallet and traded the rights to Keith Van Horn at the tune of an extra $11 million dollar hit this year from the luxury tax. Ouch.
In a nutshell, the Mavs get:
- Malik Allen
- Antoine Wright
In return, the Nets get:
- Devin Harris
- DeSagana Diop
- Trenton Hassell
- Maurice Ager
- Keith Van Horn via sign-and-trade
- Two first-round draft picks (2008 and 2010)
- $3 million in cash
At first glance, it looks like the Nets are getting the better end of the deal here. They're clearing up cap space, getting a promising young and speedy point guard in Devin Harris, a decent center in Diop, and are freed from Jason Kidd and his annual trade demands and occasional "mailing it in" games.
The Mavs take a financial hit this year, which Cuban can afford. This trade also shortens their Championship window, as Kidd ain't getting any younger. Phoenix is in a similar predicament with signing Shaq. Should make for an intense and interesting postseason! For an insider's take on the trade, check out Mark Cuban's comments on the trade: Doing the Deal and Dishing the Dirt:
"The annoyance. One agent who made a truism of the
saying that "no good deed goes unpunished". That said, I have nothing
but respect and admiration for Devean George. He told me that he would
trust his agent as he had done for the last 10 years and take whatever
may with that decision. He had the balls to stick to it. Even with
people yelling and screaming at him. That said, as I write this, I
really have no clue why the agent made the decision he did."
I pity George and wonder what the locker room chemistry must be like right about now...
In the past several years, NBA execs have been too cautious to make any big-deal trades. However, this year we've already seen many such transactions, from Garnett and Ray Allen joining the Celtics and Pau Gasol joining the Lakers. And then Steve Kerr, and now Mark Cuban, have stepped up to plate, brining Shaq to the Suns and Kidd to the Mavs. I hope this trend of big name trades doesn't abate at the end of this season. Let's face it - the NBA is at its most boring time in the winter months. These trades have helped spark some interest in these otherwise ho-hum times.