Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that the teams verbally agreed to the deal earlier Wednesday and were preparing to submit the trade for league approval when George informed the Mavericks that he wouldn’t consent to being included in the deal, which is his right based on a rare provision in his one-year contract.
This is a stunning reaction to a trade that would have marked the third blockbuster of the season. How do his teammates feel now? How does Mark Cuban feel? What about Jason Kidd? A career role player like George just ruined his chance to finally be traded to a contender.
Jason Kidd must be absolutely shocked at this point. Can they talk George into changing his mind? Does this make the deal completely done or can they go back and revisit? Unbelievable!
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