Thursday , Jan , 31 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Risky Business: Should Dallas Mavericks Trade For Jason Kidd?

I’ve got a message for Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban: think before taking action. Think, and think long and hard, before trading for Jason Kidd. I know. You like flashy moves that steal the show. Acquiring the best point guard since Magic Johnson puts the NBA spotlight on Dallas. Kidd’s passing, rebounding, and defense is a tantalizing aphrodisiac. That’s the positive. There’s another side worth considering …

Risky Business: Should Dallas Mavericks Trade For Jason Kidd?My AM Take: I’ve got a message for Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban: think before taking action. Think, and think long and hard, before trading for Jason Kidd.

I know. You like flashy moves that steal the show. Acquiring the best point guard since Magic Johnson puts the NBA spotlight on Dallas. Kidd’s passing, rebounding, and defense is a tantalizing aphrodisiac.

That’s the positive. There’s another side worth considering.

Your team is winning. After a post-season hangover, Dirk Nowitzki has reasserted himself and your Mavs have won 16-of-20 games. Best of all, your boys have got chemistry and are playing defense. Any trade -even one to acquire Kidd- could destroy such goodwill.

Do you want to give up Devin Harris? The Nets have made it known that the 24 year old point guard must be included in any trade. You’ve always liked Harris. And your coach, former point guard Avery Johnson, recently praised the lightning quick table-setter, saying he merits All-Star consideration.

Your team is about defense. ESPN reports that shutdown stopper DeSagana Diop must be part of any deal for Kidd. His defense helps contain San Antonio star Tim Duncan come playoff time. That’s obviously important.

Rumors kill teams. Look at the Chicago Bulls. Their year was doomed in pre-season when media reported that half the roster was going to get traded for Kobe Bryant. Ongoing J-Kidd rumors could create uncertainty in Dallas’ locker room.

Jason Kidd might put Dallas over-the-top. But Mark, the best moves are often the ones you don’t make.

Should Dallas trade for Jason Kidd? Get at us in the comment box below with your thoughts.

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