The Nets are involved in discussions on a three-way trade with the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers, as we first reported on the print side today.
The deal, which would send Jason Kidd to Dallas, includes at least 12 players, draft picks and some cash, and yes, it could happen.
League sources tell us that, the Nets would get point guard Jarrett Jack and forwards Travis Outlaw and Channing Frye, a No. 1 pick and cash from Portland and forward Devean George, center DeSagana Diop, swingman Jerry Stackhouse, a No. 1 cash from the Mavericks.
In the proposed trade, Malik Allen and Darrell Armstrong also would go from the Nets to Dallas, the sources said.
The Nets likely would buy out Stackhouse with some of the money they’re getting back, but they still would need to make another move before doing this deal. They essentially are trading three-for-six and with 13 players on the roster before the deal, they would have one too many after.
So the Nets would have to move someone else for a pick or trade exception or waive someone in order to have roster room to make this deal work. Unless, some names will be added or subtracted, but now you see why these deals are so hard to pull off.
The way I’m hearing it is Devin Harris is involved, but he would be going to Portland. The Blazers also would be getting players from the Mavericks. There is more involved in this proposal.
Why wouldn't the Nets getting Harris? My first thought exactly.
Maybe the Blazers insisted they get him or they want no part of the deal or it’s that Harris, who signed a five-year, $43 million extension last summer, is too rich for the Nets’ blood. Another factor could be the poison pill provision regarding Harris.
He makes $3.9 mill this season, but his trade value is $7.8 million because he signed that extension that starts next year so you have to take the average of the life of the contract.
That said, the Nets are trying to get younger, but also have some cap flexibility and draft picks to make other moves now, this summer and beyond.
This isn’t imminent, from what we understand, but it's in discussion. The Nets have to clear roster room and also surely are getting inundated with phone calls with other offers that they have to sift through in case something comes up that is better.
The Nets continue to say they’re in no rush to do something. They have three weeks and one day until the trade deadline and Kidd just publicly requested a trade two days ago, even though the Nets have been listening to offers for him and everyone else for some time.
Sean Williams is headed for New Orleans. The athletic forward has been chosen to play in the 2008 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam during All-Star Weekend.