Today it was made public that the Dallas Mavericks and New Jersey Nets had come to a deal. Jason Kidd and Malik Allen would go from NJ to Dallas for the following in return: Devin Harris, Jerry Stackhouse, Devean George, DeSagana Diop, Maurice Ager, $3 million, and two first round picks.
Immediately upon seeing this I was confused. WHY would the Dallas Mavericks do this? Yes, adding Jason Kidd at the point is great. He can bring leadership, and night in and night out phenomenal play--which can include a triple-double from time to time. But they cleaned out their bench in this deal. Harris is a stud player that can be a center piece of the Mavs organization for years to come, and guys like Stackhouse, George, Diop, and Ager are all great bench guys. They felt it was necessary to clean out the bench, give away $3 million, and a couple first rounders for one guy? He's 35 years old; it's not like Jason Kidd will be around for a large amount of time. The Mavs to me, made a bad deal.
I went back to SI.com and found a small artice(^link!). I had planned on making an in-depth post about this trade, and basically declare it as a bad move...but then Devean George waved his hands up in the air proclaiming his right to stop things. He and his agent raised the stipulation of a no-trade clause in his contract, thus cutting the deal short. Whether this is a deal breaker, or just a speed bump is yet to be seen...but it's clear that George is happy in Dallas.
To me, this is actually a good thing...for the Mavs. Jason Kidd needs to get out of New Jersey, no doubt, but not like this. Dallas doesnt need to be blowing their wad in such a manner. Winning now is great, but they'd be killing their chances for years to come.