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Kidd must steer this trade's direction

Veteran's freelancing style makes him centerpiece of Mavs' most recent transaction

Updated: February 18, 2010, 10:02 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Jason Kidd has never been more important to the Dallas Mavericks than now.

The deal that brought Kidd to Dallas two years ago didn't make the Mavericks contenders. Kidd holds the key to whether the immediate results of the Mavs' recent blockbuster deal will be different.

Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood, the two key pieces who arrived in the seven-player deal with the Washington Wizards, will probably play five games before their first practice with the Mavs. No matter ...

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