The Jason Kidd-to-Dallas rumors are on a respirator, even in New Jersey, but with the Mavericks visiting the Nets, Dallas owner Mark Cuban was surrounded by media before the game.
Cuban reiterated what he and other Mavericks officials have been saying for the last couple of weeks -- that Dallas is not interested in a major change in its roster.
For the Mavericks to trade for Kidd’s $19.7 million salary, they would have to give up four players with Devin Harris, Jerry Stackhouse, DeSagna Diop, Devean George the ones most prominently mentioned.
Cuban said that even taking two players off the roster “creates a problem. You’ve got to look at the numbers. Look how the trade works. You can’t put together a trade for a high-salaried guy and just expect it to work. You’ve got to give up half the team.”
Cuban said he is happy with Harris and said that the Mavericks project that Harris “can be a top five point guard.”
Cuban again indicated that if the Mavericks can make a one-sided deal, they would do it.
“There’s always an opportunity for upgrade at every position,” he said. “There’s always somebody better.”
But as far as the Mavericks making a trade?
“There’s nothing new,” Cuban said.
-- Jan Hubbard