Friday , Feb , 01 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Avery Johnson Not on Board with Jason Kidd Trade

Jerry Stackhouse has a motto when it comes to life in the NBA.’The checks cash in all 50 states,’ he said Thursday. ‘That’s all you need to worry about. If you get somewhere where the checks don’t cash, then you got an issue. But up until then, they’re going to cash.’ His point is that trade rumors come with the territory, even when your coach is shooting them down in no uncertain terms. The Jason Kidd talk of the last few days has swamped the Mavericks, but Avery Johnson has no intentions of letting it dominate their thoughts. He shot down the rumored deal with the strongest commentary on it yet. ‘We’re not involved,’ he said flatly. ‘Anybody has a right to throw out names.

That’s a part of speculating. But we’re not involved. That’s all I can tell them. We like our team, and we’re moving forward with our team.’ The Mavericks have been rumored as a possible destination for Kidd, but all of those bits of speculation have been downplayed since they made the rounds. Kidd was drafted originally by the Mavericks and has asked to be traded by the New Jersey Nets. Click here for more from the Dallas Morning News.