Yesterday the much talked about, extremely complicated Jason Kidd trade from the New Jersey Nets to the Dallas Mavericks was finally completed.
The trade is this as detailed on ESPN.com: “The details: Kidd, forward Malik Allen and swingman Antoine Wright are sent to Dallas for 24-year-old point guard Devin Harris, center DeSagana Diop, swingman Trenton Hassell, guard Maurice Ager, Van Horn via sign-and-trade, first-round draft picks this June and in 2010 and $3 million in cash. The teams originally planned to move Wright to Dallas in a separate transaction but were able to make the salary-cap math work in a single trade after the deal was reconfigured over the weekend.”
My thoughts on the trade are as follows: it works for both teams. Rod Thorn, the Nets President, said yesterday that he felt that Kidd didn’t have his heart fully in it over the course of the season. Even though he was with one of the better “Big 3′s” in the NBA — Kidd, Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson, Thorn felt that he wanted to be traded to a team that had true championship potential. As it stands right now, the Nets would be the 8th seed in the horrible Eastern Conference if the playoffs started today, while the Mavs would be the 6th in the much stronger Western Conference.
What this trade enables Dallas to do is compete with perennial powers in the West like the San Antonio Spurs, the Phoenix Suns who just acquired Shaquille O’Neal, and the Los Angeles Lakers who also just aquired Pau Gasol.
Meanwhile for the Nets the edition of Harris, who is going to be an awesome point guard in this league, (he’s only 24) Diop (a great big man), and the always useful Ager, they have an opportunity to compete for a higher seed in the East. While the top of the East is loaded with the talent-loaded Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, and Toronto Raptors, a strong run could get them to at least the 6 seed or possibly the 5, overtaking a Cleveland Cavaliers team that has failed to give any help to Lebron James.
So in the end, one of the most complicated deals in NBA history may turn out to be one of the most useful for the teams and players involved.
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