One hour after Rod Thorn groused over the way everybody had jumped the gun, he sent word to a team VP last night that the trade "appears to be a go."
The final hurdle was cleared at roughly 9 PM, when Keith Van Horn consented to sign a $4 million contract that makes the trade work financially and report to New Jersey for what is estimated to be 30 days of work.
The Nets will send Kidd and Malik Allen to the Mavericks for Devin Harris, DeSagana Diop, Maurice Ager, Trenton Hassell and Van Horn.
In a separate deal, the Nets will dispatch Antoine Wright to Dallas for a $1.6 million trade exception to create the necessary roster spot for Van Horn.
I don't really like the deal for Dallas. Yes, Jason Kidd is still a terrific point guard that makes everybody else around him better. The Mavs are probably a little bit better now, but still are not a top 3 team in the West in my opinion. Devin Harris is a very underrated point guard, and I think the Mavs will regret trading him in a year or two. If the Mavs had gotten a big man like Shaq or Gasol, they would be better off. That's still what they lack.
As for the Nets, this is a terrific trade. Jason Kidd demanded a trade, and getting Devin Harris in return is pretty damn good. I like their young point guard tandem of Harris and Marcus Williams, although Williams name has surfaced in many trade rumors.
Also, as I had posted on a previous blog, it sounds like there is a good chance the Nets trade Vince Carter to the Pacers for Jermaine O'Neal very soon. Well, it has to be very soon because the trade deadline is Thursday.