So, after all the speculation and rumors going around the League, ESPN has confirmed that the New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks have agreed upon a deal that nets the Mavs (pardon the pun) Jason Kidd.
Dallas gives up Devin Harris, Jerry Stackhouse, Devean George, DeSagana Diop, and Maurice Ager, a first-round draft pick in this years upcoming draft, and another first rounder in 2010.
New Jersey is also giving up Malik Allen.
Along with that trade, the Nets are going to swap Antoine Wright with the Mavs for a future second round draft pick.
So, in total, the Nets are going to get eight players in this trade (including three to be drafted in the future), and the Mavs will be receiving three.
But, ESPN is reporting that the Nets are going to buy out the remainder of Jerry Stackhouse's contract, which would allow him to re-sign with the Mavericks, if he so chooses.
After analyzing the deal, I believe it to be a more than fair trade for New Jersey, a franchise that wasn't doing anything with Kidd on the roster. This allows them to become younger, and to build through the draft, which is what all teams trying to rebuild need to do.
For the Mavericks, it's a win-now type of deal, seeing how Jason Kidd isn't on his last legs, but he's getting there. He will run the offense very well, and will get his stats, but I do not believe this makes the Mavericks the clear favorite, considering the depth of talent in the Western Conference.
It definitely helps the team become better, especially if they can sign Stackhouse, because they would really only be giving up Devin Harris in this deal. Diop is a defensive presence, which the Mavs will miss, but with the added offensive flow they are gaining in this trade, defense will become less important to the Mavs.
The corps of Kidd, Terry, Howard, Nowitzki, and whoever else is on the court will be an efficient offense, but will lack the defensive merit to handle the rest of the Western Conference elite offenses.
But, with the way the West is running this season, the Mavs had no choice but to make a move like this, and can only hope that it pays off.