Hey, Don't Look Now, But That Mavs-Nets Trade Is Looking Better by the Loss
|In hindsight, bravo Mavericks. Brah-voe!|
When I screw up, I do it biiiiiig time. And, turns out, I was dead-ass wrong about the February 2008 trade in which the Dallas Mavericks sent Devin Harris to the New Jersey Nets for Jason Kidd.
Actually, the entire deal was Harris, Trenton Hassell, Maurice Ager, center DeSagana Diop and forward Keith Van Horn along with Dallas' first round draft picks in 2008 and 2010 and cash considerations, in exchange for Kidd and forwards Antoine Wright and Malik Allen.
Tune tonight when the Mavs visit the Nets and you'll get my drift. With Kidd at the controls Dallas is off to a 13-5 start, atop the Southwest Division and tied for the most wins in the Western Conference. With Harris at the controls, the Nets are on the verge of record futility to start an NBA season.
A year ago today it looked like a pretty even deal. Even Mavs owner Mark Cuban was calling it a win-win. But this morning - hours before the Mavs play the 0-17 Nets in New Jersey - Dallas is clearly the team headed the right direction. As in, the Nets suck.
No team in NBA history has started a season 0-18. The implosion cost coach Lawrence Frank his job, which has, in turn, been given to a guy with Mavs ties.
Former Mavs' No. 1 draft pick and assistant coach Kiki Vandeweghe is the new man in charge of the worst team in hoops. You'll also notice more Dallas connections, in the form of Trenton Hassell, Eduardo Najera and new assistant coach Del Harris.
And, of course, Devin Harris.
The cat-quick point torched Kidd for 41 points and was an All-Star last year. But this year he's started only four games because of a groin injury and has led New Jersey to exactly zero wins.
The Mavs may not want a do-over. But I do.