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Could Dallas bring back Devin Harris?

Posted on: January 10, 2011 11:44 am
Posted by Royce Young

That Devin Harris trade to New Jersey a few years ago that brought the Dallas Mavericks Jason Kidd is still something people debate and discuss. It happened in Feb. 2008 with the Mavs sitting near the top of the West at 35-17. After the deal, Dallas finished just 16-14 and didn't make much noise in the postseason.

Though Harris has played for the terrible Nets since the deal, most have always felt that Dallas got the short end of the deal.

The reason I bring all of this up? Because Dallas could be potentially interested in bringing back Harris. According to, if the Nets, Nuggets and whoever else consumate the trade being discussed that sends Harris to Denver, the Mavs have talked about trying to deal with the Nuggets to get Harris.

The logic is this: First, because Jason Kidd isn't playing for forever. Dallas had Rodrigue Beaubois and J.J. Barea, but the Mavs are certainly interested in a long-term option at point guard. Second, Dallas needs some scoring help. Harris is a point guard by trade, but he's one of those that can score the ball as well as create. So there's an option to play him together with Kidd in the backcourt to provide Dallas the much needed scoring since Caron Butler's injury.

And third, Dallas knows that the Nuggets really don't have a ton of use for Harris. Denver likely would want to turn over the future at point guard to Ty Lawson who has given the Nuggets every reason to think he can handle it. Plus, Denver is looking to save a bit on its luxury tax bill and there's the potential that Chauncey Billups would get a buyout and want to return to Denver. Harris wouldn't have a lot of use then obviously.

Dallas's main focus is a wing option to actually fill the Butler opening. According to the report, the Mavs aren't locked in on a Harris deal, but would be if this whole mega-deal goes through. And on top of that, other teams would be looking to get in on Harris, something the Mavs don't want to see happen. (Portland is mentioned as one of those teams.)

Kidd has actually done well in Dallas. The Mavericks were doing great this season, before injuries started to become an issue. So Dallas looking into this trade isn't at all about Kidd. It's about the future as well as the present. The Mavs are trying to think about what comes next (Kidd is 37) as well as getting some scoring help now.

First through, Carmelo Anthony has to get freaking traded. And the world waits.

Since: Jan 11, 2011
Posted on: January 11, 2011 4:40 pm

Could Dallas bring back Devin Harris?

melo is just being a drama queen about it. and devin harris going back to the mavs no way.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: January 11, 2011 7:18 am

Could Dallas bring back Devin Harris?

Re: Jason Kidd's ability to see the floor.  Interesting debate, but hardly quantifiable.  I got to see Kidd up close many years ago, coaching in the Oakland area HS ranks.  He sees the floor as well as anyone I've witnessed personally, and the other one I've witnessed personally is Steve Nash.  Both of them see things no one else does, and have the ability to get the ball there.  Magic certainly had it, and he'd be in the discussion; so would Cousy, though I've only seen him on film.  Those four are the ones I put above all others; they are the players who, when you watch them, you say: how did he see that?

Stockton, OTOH, yes, he ran the floor well, but his forte was precision passing on sets.  He didn't, IMAO, have outstanding floor vision.  He was a superb technician though.  A lot of guys see what he saw--Karl Malone barreling toward the hoop is often hard to miss--but few could get the ball there EVERY DAMN TIME.

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: January 11, 2011 3:56 am

Could Dallas bring back Devin Harris?

Sorry fish Kidd does NOT see the floor better than any other player in NBA history but he is a nice player.  When he grows eyes in the back of his head like Magic Johnson or run the floor with the precision of John Stockton you may have an argument.  Kidd may be a top 10 point guard in the history of the NBA but far from #1

Since: May 5, 2007
Posted on: January 10, 2011 11:37 pm

Could Dallas bring back Devin Harris?

"First through, has to get freaking traded. And the world waits."

Yes, so until then, please no more what if articles.  The incessant Melo trade rumors are getting old and as a Nets fan I wish it would either just get done or be over with. 

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2011 9:52 pm

Could Dallas bring back Devin Harris?

If Carmelo Anthony is traded the Nets will still suck.  Never seen so much hype over a guy who can only score and only does that because he shoots everytime he gets it.  What a joke!

Since: Nov 5, 2010
Posted on: January 10, 2011 7:13 pm

Could Dallas bring back Devin Harris?

Why can't Devin find a home?  He's a solid kid.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: January 10, 2011 5:35 pm

Could Dallas bring back Devin Harris?

There's not much debate - Kidd doesn't play as much minutes but he sees the floor like no other NBA player in history and stats don't measure his real value. Even his 40% from the 3 is understated because he is the one forced to take bad shots when time is running out.

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