Kidd to Mavs hits snag

FRANK ZICARELLI -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:41 AM ET

The king of the triple-double appears to be headed back to Big D.

Jason Kidd, who has become the face of the New Jersey Nets, is Dallas-bound, pending Devean George's approval or some cash outlet to the veteran swingman, in yet another blockbuster deal that changes the landscape in the very competitive Western Conference.

Kidd, who turns 35 next month, requested a trade two weeks ago and his request, while on hold for the moment, has been fulfilled. He would join a Mavericks team that is in desperate need of a distributor and on-court leader.

Kidd accompanied the Nets to Toronto for last night's tip.

The mood around the Nets was very sombre.

"The bottom line is that it was time for both parties to move on,'' Nets head coach Lawrence Frank said. "Jason is a special, special person, a first-ballot Hall of Famer."

While acknowledging Kidd's imminent departure, Frank refused to comment on the various players New Jersey would acquire.

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The proposed deal took a turn when George refused to waive his no-trade clause.

George's refusal is not being viewed as a deal-breaker, just a minor inconvenience in a soap opera featuring Kidd that has lasted for quite some time.

When the teams agreed in principle earlier in the day, the deal involved George, Devin Harris, Jerry Stackhouse, DeSagana Diop and Maurice Ager going to Jersey. Two future first-round picks and $3 million US cash also would be headed Jersey's way.

Malik Allen was a throw-in with Kidd to make the deal work.

On the surface, the Kidd to Dallas deal helps both clubs.

The Nets, who are expected to buy out Stackhouse, will get cap space. In Harris, they acquire a young, athletic guard who has to hone his passing skills, but one with an upside.

Kidd, though, is the centrepiece. He is among the game's elite guards who helped the Nets to back-to-back NBA final appearances in 2002 and 2003.


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