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Marc Stein on Trade Rumors

ESPN's Stein writes the definitive article on the rumors so far, putting things in a lot of nice context. He has some new specifics, introducing names like Brandon Bass and Sergio Rodriguez to the equation. Stein also includes word from some sources that the whole thing may already be dead.

In a breakdown of the most noteworthy principles, Portland would land Mavericks guard Devin Harris and possibly Mavs forward Brandon Bass, New Jersey would receive draft and financial considerations, Dallas' Jerry Stackhouse and a trio of young prospects from Portland (Travis Outlaw, Channing Frye and Jarrett Jack) while the Mavericks would score Kidd.

The talks were very active Tuesday, as reported Tuesday night on ESPN2's "NBA Coast to Coast" by ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard. But dialogue between the three clubs had cooled Wednesday to the point that sources close to the situation described them as "pretty much dead."

But another source insisted that the deal still has life and noted that the "pretty much" disclaimer leaves open the possibility that the dialogue can be reheated to Tuesday's levels ...

Some reluctance from the Blazers, sources said, is one of the factors that has stalled the talks. In addition to the short-term concerns about the ankle injury that has sidelined Harris, Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard told The Oregonian newspaper last week that "we're not making any trades" to break up a roster of youngsters that rebounded from Greg Oden's season-ending injury to rank as the biggest surprise team so far in a league filled with surprise teams. Sources say Portland has been shopping Jack on his own, but parting with three or four players is something else, with guard Sergio Rodriguez also potentially involved. Outlaw's development, furthermore, is one of the stories of the Blazers' season.

Worth reading the whole article. There's plenty more, including the conviction that, despite Mark Cuban's repeated claims that such talk is crack-addled insanity, Dallas is enamored with Kidd. Stein points out that Kidd could make Josh Howard and Dirk Nowitzki better scorers, while solving mental toughness issues that have plagued the Mavericks in the playoffs.