NEW ORLEANS – Jason Kidd appears headed to Dallas. Again.
The New Jersey Nets’ on-off trade with the Dallas Mavericks is back on again. Two league sources confirmed Sunday night that the Nets have an agreement in principle to send Kidd and forward Malik Allen to Dallas for Devin Harris, DeSagana Diop, Maurice Ager, Trenton Hassell, Keith Van Horn, two first-round draft picks and $3 million.
The Nets and Mavericks had worked feverishly to resurrect the trade after Dallas forward Devean George unexpectedly derailed their previous agreement by exercising his right to not be included in the deal. Mavericks guard Jerry Stackhouse further complicated matters when he told the Associated Press he planned to re-sign with Dallas after New Jersey bought out his contract.
Those comments angered rival team executives, who claimed the two teams must have a pre-arranged agreement in place, a violation of NBA rules. NBA commissioner David Stern said the league looked into the matter and spoke with both teams, after which the Mavericks and Nets agreed to substitute Hassell for Stackhouse to avoid the risk of a full-blown investigation. Van Horn cashes in with an unexpected contract because the Mavericks needed someone to take George’s place in the trade.
The deal is expected to be finalized Monday.