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Jason Kidd trade to Dallas blocked!

by james on February 14th, 2008

NBA Obsessed takes you into the hit and run game of NBA Basketball.

Jason Kidd not going anywhere right now!


In what looked like another blockbuster trade of an Eastern Conference team to a Western Conference team, did not happen.

Whether this trade gets done or not is up in the air right now.

There appears to be a contract snag with one of the players to be traded, Devean George.

Dallas Wins

Dallas went out and beat Portland anyway.

George started because of an injury to Josh Howard — and went 0-for-11. He had no points, four rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes.

Dallas also was without starting point guard Devin Harris (ankle) and key reserve Jerry Stackhouse (hamstring). A bigger distraction was talk that Harris and Stackhouse were part of a deal that would bring Kidd from New Jersey in a deal that also would include George and reserves DeSagana Diop and Maurice Ager. source

The contract of Devean George has a no trade clause and his agent, Mark Bartelstein is meeting with George to discuss it.

George was supposed to be among the players headed from Dallas to New Jersey, but he blocked it because of a virtual no-trade clause as part of a contract status called “early Bird rights.”

After Dallas beat Portland on Wednesday night, Mavs coach Avery Johnson said there was “zero” chance the deal would get done, but added that was “as of now.” source

The trade deadline is Feb 21st.

Here is an explanation of how Larry Bird or Early Bird Rights work.

Without the player’s consent when the player is playing under a one-year contract (excluding any option year) and will have Larry Bird or Early Bird rights at the end of the season. This includes first round draft picks following their fourth (option) season, who accept their team’s qualifying offer for their fifth season. When the player consents to such a trade, the team loses its Larry Bird/Early Bird rights, and the player is considered a Non-Bird free agent. Note: when there is an option year involved, they can get around this regulation by invoking the option prior to the trade. source

Sounds like there is an out, but Devean will have to give up the Early Bird Rights and then New Jersey would lose the rights to George at the end of the season.

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4 opinions for Jason Kidd trade to Dallas blocked!

  • Jason
    Feb 14, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Why do teams allow the “no trade” clause in contracts? I hate them! Nobody should have the ability to not be traded unless you are a legend player and have paid your dues. No trades are a win -win for player associations.

  • james
    Feb 15, 2008 at 3:38 am

    Kobe is the only NBA Player with a no trade clause.
    George is using the Bird Rights rule to block the trade.

    Back in the day, Larry Bird and Boston were essential to saving the league financially. It was not as strong as today. Larry’s contract came up for renewal and the league allowed Boston to go over the Salary Cap to sign him.
    The new rule was called the Bird Rights.

    After 3 years on the same team they can go over the salary cap to sign one of their own free agents.

    The Bird Rights go with you in a trade, but in Devean George’s case, he would lose his rights, because he only has a 1 year contract, not full Bird Rights. In such cases the player can refuse the trade.

    New Jersey wants him because his contract expires.
    George is looking to keep his Bird rights.

  • bb community
    Feb 18, 2008 at 3:48 am

    well, that’s informative, thanks for the sharing~

  • james
    Feb 18, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Ouch, had to actually study to get all that. The memory ain’t what it used to be.

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