DALLAS (AP) - Jason Kidd appeared headed to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday - until Devean George's contract got in the way.
George was supposed to be among the players headed to New Jersey, but he blocked it by not wanting to give up his ``early Bird rights,'' a provision earned by being in his second year and on his second contract with the Mavericks.
``We're not trying to hold things up or be difficult, but just like teams make tough decisions all the time - about cutting players or making trades - they do what's best for their team, and it's my obligation to do what's best for Devean,'' his agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Wednesday night.
``You don't want to stop teams from doing their business, but we don't feel like it makes sense at this time. He's starting right now and things are going pretty good.''
just a snag or a deal-breaker.
Kidd was supposed to be the centerpiece of a deal that reportedly was to send George, emerging point guard Devin Harris, veteran Jerry Stackhouse and reserves DeSagana Diop and Maurice Ager to the Nets, with forward Malik Allen going from New Jersey to the Mavericks.

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