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Mavs' Trade for Kidd Is Still on Hold

All-star forward Antawn Jamison scored the last four points for the Wizards in Wednesday's victory over the Clippers, including a tip-in with 0.3 of a second left.
All-star forward Antawn Jamison scored the last four points for the Wizards in Wednesday's victory over the Clippers, including a tip-in with 0.3 of a second left. (By Mark J. Terrill -- Associated Press)
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By Michael Wilbon and Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, February 15, 2008

The proposed trade that was to send New Jersey's Jason Kidd to the Dallas Mavericks still did not materialize last night. Dallas forward Devean George, who exercised a no-trade clause in his contract, was once again in a Mavericks uniform for his team's game against the Suns in Phoenix.

"There was never a deal," Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said. "That's why I didn't get ahead of myself. That's why I never got all excited. Don Nelson always said that 99.9 percent of the deals that are discussed never happen. Everybody thought this was a done deal and it wasn't."

The Mavericks had agreed to send point guard Devin Harris, Jerry Stackhouse, George, DeSagana Diop, Maurice Ager, two first-round draft picks and cash to the Nets for Kidd, who many NBA observers think is the player the Mavericks need to be competitive in the Western Conference playoffs.

Asked if he thinks the deal can be reconfigured to still send Kidd to Dallas, Cuban said: "It depends on money and players. I don't know."

A league source said that George had asked the Mavericks for a trade recently, which would have effectively waived his no-trade clause. But when the deal to New Jersey materialized, the player changed his mind.

George, after missing all 11 of his shots and getting heckled at home Wednesday night in the Mavericks' victory over Portland, was the first Dallas player on the floor shooting jumpers before the game with the Suns.

"Devean George," Cuban said, "is a great guy. He's a pro. I like Devean George a lot. I think the world of him. If I'm involved in a real estate deal, I listen to the lawyer who is working on my behalf. Devean is listening to his agent."

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, so the teams still have time to complete a deal for Kidd, who was held out of the Nets' game Wednesday night when it was presumed he had been traded to Dallas. Kidd even thanked the organization and the people who supported him during his time with the Nets, which has included two NBA Finals trips.

Wizards Prepare for New Orleans

As their teammates headed in different directions following Wednesday 's 91-89 win over the Clippers in Los Angeles, Wizards forwards Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler prepared for their trips to New Orleans for this weekend's all-star activities.

Butler won't play Sunday after missing the last five games with a strained left hip flexor but plans to soak in the atmosphere, while Jamison is looking forward to the game. Jamison also played in the 2005 All-Star Game.

"I'll be in my room getting some rest at night, but during the daytime they'll have a lot of things to keep me busy and I plan on taking part in all of it," Jamison said. "I'm just going to do everything possible to enjoy the experience."

Jamison, who scored the game-winning basket on a tip-in with 0.3 of a second remaining Wednesday night, has certainly earned the right to be among the game's best. He enters the break averaging 21.5 points and a career-high 10.3 rebounds and leads all East forwards with 30 double-doubles. Along with guard DeShawn Stevenson, he is one of only two Wizards to start every game in what has been a season filled with injuries.

¿ BRYANT OUT: Kobe Bryant has a torn ligament in his right pinkie finger and the Lakers all-star has decided not to undergo surgery that could sideline him for six weeks, the Associated Press reported.

The damage occurred when Bryant dislocated the finger at New Jersey on Feb. 5, and was aggravated in Wednesday night's game at Minnesota.

The team said yesterday that the damage was more extensive than first believed.

Bryant was examined in Los Angeles by Steven Shin, a hand specialist who recommended surgery to repair the ligament.

It was unclear if Bryant will play in Sunday's All-Star Game. He will skip the three-point shooting contest, with Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas replacing him.

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