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.


Wee! I'm flying . . . to Dallas.(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

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 18½ 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 ½ 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.

By Michael Lee |  February 13, 2008; 3:47 PM ET
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Devin Harris sure likes to be traded for all-stars. :P

All the good players are going out west, crazy.

- Ray

Posted by: Ray | February 13, 2008 4:12 PM

This looks like a Dan Snyder type of deal, trading quality depth and youth for a fading big name player with no regard for how well he actually fits the team.

Posted by: kalorama | February 13, 2008 6:07 PM

The deal is done. Once all the smoke is cleared NJ could have one too many PGs...will EG make a move?

Posted by: oddjob | February 13, 2008 6:57 PM

If Kidd gets traded before the All Star game, will he still play for the Eastern Conference?

Posted by: Smith | February 13, 2008 7:03 PM

This trade's a tough one for me to figure out. At first I thought it was way too much to give up for Kidd, but then thinking about the starting lineup that Dallas is gonna have with him is pretty darn impressive. I agree with kalorama though, youth for a big name veteran for sure, although I think Kidd's gonna fit with Dirk and company pretty well. Guess we'll find out soon enough.
Shouldn't matter much to us Wiz fans, unless Dallas makes it to the Finals too. Yep.

Posted by: biud | February 13, 2008 9:29 PM

The Mavs gave up 3 of the top 8 players in they rotation for Kidd. That's too much, esp. for a guy who doesn't really fit the style of play Dallas has been successful with under Avery Johnson. The thing that really makes it problematic to me is them trading away their best big man interior defender right after two of their biggest rivals just traded for double-double producing, double-team worthy big men.

Posted by: kalorama | February 13, 2008 10:26 PM

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