When the Suns acquired
If the Mavericks were to overcome
There is no denying Kidd's talents; the 34-year-old point guard is averaging 11.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 10.4 assists this season. He is still a triple-double threat every night and runs the fast break just as well as former Mavericks point guard
But at what cost? While the Lakers surrendered virtually nothing for Gasol and the Suns took a calculated risk in dealing the disgruntled
Harris can be a little reckless -- his assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.22 to 1 ranks 37th in the league -- but he is still developing: His scoring and assists have improved in each of his four seasons. If the term "mortgaging the future" ever applied, it would be here.
With Diop gone, who would be Dallas' last line of defense?
Yes, the same Erick Dampier who seems to enter games with two fouls against him. On Dampier's best day he is a 25-to-30-minute player, leaving nearly a full half for the Mavericks to find an alternative at center. The post-trade roster would lack a backup center, so barring another deal Dallas would either have to exhume
First, even though the Nets would be dealing away their franchise player, they wouldn't be waving the white flag on the season. The Nets, currently tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference, could be interested in keeping a veteran playoff performer like Stackhouse for the stretch run. Second, if Stackhouse were to seek a buyout, he and New Jersey would have to agree to a settlement on the roughly $17 million he is owed over the next 2½ seasons.
Finally, there are no guarantees Stackhouse would return to Dallas. By league rule, Stackhouse would have to sit out 30 days following the trade before he could re-sign with the Mavericks. Before George held up the deal Wednesday night, Stackhouse told the
Don't you think a number of teams would be lining up to secure the services of a tough, physical swingman who can get to the free-throw line? How about the Pistons, for whom Stackhouse played five of his best seasons? Or the Celtics? Don't rule out the Spurs, Lakers or Suns making a bid, if for no other reason than to keep him away from the Mavericks. If Stackhouse were to change his tune, Dallas' depth would take a serious hit.
On the flip side, it is easy to see why this trade would make sense for New Jersey, which is stuck in the middle of the East pack with an unhappy Kidd. In Harris, who in September signed five-year, $42.6 million contract extension that kicks in next season, the Nets would get a young point guard to team with small forward
It also could be just the first domino to fall. With Kidd gone, there would be no reason to hang on to