Kidd To Dallas?
An NBA source confirmed Wednesday that the Dallas Mavericks are in serious discussions to acquire all-star guard Jason Kidd from the New Jersey Nets. The Mavericks are using a package including Devin Harris and former Wizard Jerry Stackhouse.
The source said that the teams are still discussing the other players and pieces involved, such as draft picks and money. The Mavericks may also need to include DeSagana Diop, Devean George or even Keith Van Horn in a sign-and-trade deal. The Nets might add Malik Allen or Darrell Armstrong.
The trade was first reported by ESPN.com. "It's clearly not done," the source said. "There are some issues to work through. Nothing is done until it's done, but we're working. There is a little bit of a fire."
Kidd is averaging 11.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 10.4 assists this season and he was voted to start at point guard in Eastern Conference this weekend in New Orleans. A league spokesperson said the NBA hasn't come to a decision about Kidd if he were dealt to the Western Conference. The league could possibly add another player to the East roster while allowing the West to have 13 players.
Kidd, who will make $19.7 million this season and $21.3 million next season, has been rumored in trade deals since last February, when he was nearly dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers. Kidd missed a game in December against the New York Knicks with a migraine, but it was speculated that he actually was staging a one-game protest. He hasn't hid his disappointment with the Nets in recent months, but he publicly declared his desire to be traded last month, when he told ESPN The Magazine that it was "time to move on."
The Nets (23-29) have won three games in a row to claim the seventh seed in the East, but they are 18Â½ games behind Boston in the Atlantic Division and they have been in a steady decline ever since Kidd led the franchise to back-to-back NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.
The Mavericks (34-17) were moved to make a deal after the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Pau Gasol and the Phoenix Suns got Shaquille O'Neal in the past two weeks. Dallas has lost two in a row and is currently 1 Â½ games behind the New Orleans Hornets in the Southeast Division.
The trade would reunite Kidd with the franchise that selected him second overall in 1994.
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