Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Jason Kidd to the Dallas Mavericks? - The Year of The Trade

First, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen.  Then, Pau Gasol, Shaq, and Shawn Marion.
The last calendar year has been full of blockbuster trades in the NBA and it looks like the end isn't sight.  Jason Kidd appears to be heading to the Dallas Mavericks for Devin Harris, Desagna Diop, Devan George, Jerry Stackhouse, and Maurice Ager.  Yes, that's a lot of names and that is my main concern with this trade - the Maverick's new depth - or lack of it.  Dallas will also receive PF Malik Allen and G-F Antoine Wright in the trade and some sources say Jerry Stackhouse could re-join the Mavericks in 30 days.  When Stackhouse found out about the trade here is what he had to say about it, "I feel great.  I get 30 days to rest, then I'll be right back, I ain't going nowhere."  It makes sense because Stack has only played once in the past 11 games; for the Maverick's sake, I hope this is true.

As a Dallas Mavericks fan at first look this trade is absolutely ludicrous, but if you think back to last May against Golden State, you can't but shrug your shoulders and applaud Mark Cuban for at least doing something.  Though Jason Kidd is almost 35 he is still playing great basketball and will be a part of a Big 3 that is close to what Boston has in Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce.

I want the Mavericks to be good in five years, sure, but as a fan I can't help but think how close we have been to a championship (Game 3 of NBA Finals up 2-0 on Miami Heat) and how this trade could propel the Mavericks to that coveted NBA Championship.

No one really knows - this could be one of the worst trades in NBA history or we could be sitting here in June with the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals.  For now, I'll just have to hope that it's the latter of those two.

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