Updated: December 2, 2009, 11:07 PM ET

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Kidd-Harris Deal Paying Off For Mavs

By Tim MacMahon

Angry e-mails flooded Mark Cuban's inbox after the Dallas Mavericks' last trip to New Jersey.

It disgusted Mavs fans to watch Devin Harris dominate the team that made him the centerpiece of a trade package to acquire a point guard a decade older than him, regardless of Jason Kidd's Hall of Fame credentials. The Dallas fan base was split on the blockbuster deal when the Mavs pulled the trigger in February 2008. The deal, which included eight players and also sent a pair of first-round picks to New Jersey, got a collective thumbs-down after the Mavericks made another first-round playoff exit.

Harris' 41-point, 13-assist show in the blowout win over the Mavs last December -- the type of night that allowed him to earn his first appearance in the All-Star game -- rubbed salt in open wounds.

As the Mavs make their annual stop in New Jersey -- where the Nets will set an NBA record for futility with an 0-18 start unless they pull off the upset Wednesday night -- this seems like a good time to reopen the debate about the boldest personnel move in Mavericks history.

So, how often do the anti-Kidd, pro-Harris rants pop up in the inbox these days?

"Not in a long time," Cuban said with a smile. "Not in a long time."

Read the rest of MacMahon's story on ESPNDallas.com.


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