Jason Kidd to Dallas? The West Just Got Wilder
Pau Gasol to the Lakers, The Big Daddy to the Suns—already old news in the NBA nowadays.
The new news is Jason Kidd to the Dallas Mavericks for the entire Dallas team, at least it seems that way.
If the trade goes down, here are the details:
Dallas gets Jason Kidd and Malik Allen.
New Jersey gets Devin Harris, Jerry Stackhouse, Desagana Diop, Maurice Ager, and Devean George. Plus two number one picks in '08 and '10, and Mark Cuban writes a check to the Nets for $3,000,000.
Amazingly, the math works, if you're a billionaire.
It works on the trade machine, but Dallas takes a $4,000,000 salary increase. Like Mark Cuban cares.
Dallas' current team salary of $93 million will go to $97 million. That is close to a $30 million luxury tax fine. But as Cuban says, "it's only money, who cares?"
The Objective Analysis
New Jersey gets some expiring contracts and a budding star in Devin Harris.
Dallas gets a $20 million wilting, aging star, Jason Kidd.
The Cleveland Cavaliers get nothing. King James can't be happy.
The Fan Analysis
Dallas fans who have been jealous of the Lakers and Phoenix trades, now have their own swap to revel in. I have not looked at the Dallas forums yet, but I can predict some are saying "Oh no!" While the rest are busy singing, "happy days are here again."
Kidd can still play as he nicely showed at the FIBA Americas Tournament in Las Vegas last summer. He just can't shoot anymore. But does he really have to shoot with Dirk, Josh Howard, and Jason Terry? Getting them the ball at the right place, and the right time is Kidd's specialty. Kidd is still exceptional at moving the ball up the court in transition. Jason Kidd will help these Mavericks.
Keeping Up with the Joneses?
I know some are wondering if this a move in response to the Lakers and Suns recent big trades. My take is no. Cuban would've done it anyway.
To get by the Spurs, Suns, Lakers, Jazz, Rockets, Nuggets, and Hornets, Cuban needed more experience. Kidd brings that old school-type of play the Mav's need to advance.
But the real reason for the trade, is the fear of facing what Mav's fans call the "Nemesis." The Spoilers, That Team by the Bay, coached by the clown, Don Nelson: the Golden State Warriors.
It was the horror picture show of a first round playoff series that scared all Dallas fans last year. It kept them under the covers, peeking out on occasion, only to be horrified by the score.
Avery Johnson can't even speak about the playoff loss from last year. He only shakes and mumbles as he points to the west and says "Them."
Now the Mavericks have hope. An older weapon for sure, but cagey. Not as quick, but smart, very smart. A weapon that can possibly smote down those Nellies, as they run wild and flood the Oracle Arena with those silly up and down the court, non-basketball antics.
Will it work? Can Jason Kidd keep up with B.D. Monta, and Captain Action Jackson? Can he restore Dirk's mojo, seemingly lost in the playoffs, and only now starting to return? And can Jason and the New Argonauts lead the Mavs by the San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland Warriors? Stay tuned, it may yet be safe again for those Mavs fans to come out from under the covers.
It will cost Mark Cuban money-a lot of money-for the chance to win.
But as Mark says, "it's only money. Who cares?"
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