Thursday , Feb , 14 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Dallas Mavericks Can’t Hold on to Jason Kidd

A blockbuster trade that would have sent Jason Kidd to the Dallas Mavericks, further escalating a virtual arms race in the Western Conference, fell apart late Wednesday, leaving confusion all around. The Nets and the Mavericks had agreed in principle on a multiplayer deal, with the Nets receiving a package built around guard Devin Harris.

But one of the players the Nets would have received, forward Devean George, exercised his right not to be traded, scuttling the deal. It left Dallas still looking for reinforcements to contend in the West, and the Nets still looking for a way to unload Kidd, who has become openly disillusioned in New Jersey.’We’re not trying to block anything,’ said Mark Bartelstein, George’s agent. ‘Devean has the right to say yes or no because he has to give up a valuable right. Click here for more from the New York Times.