Friday , Dec , 07 , 2007 Christopher Sells

Jason Kidd: Pay Him or Trade Him

Jason Kidd took the time to address the media Thursday in response to claims that he has faked his migraine headache to try to force the Nets to grant him a trade or a contract extension. He was, as he usually is, very professional in his denial.

It’s time for Kidd to stop being polite though. Because even though he didn’t skip the game for those reasons, he would have been perfectly justified had he chosen to do so.

At 34, Kidd is having perhaps the best season of his career. He’s about a rebound per game away from averaging a triple double. His scoring is down, but that’s the only thing that indicates he is human right now. Otherwise, it should be odd that a player his age is still considered one of the best at his position and has actually improved as of late.

It’s understandable that Kidd’s age makes Jersey reluctant to give him an extension. By their mid-30s, most guards are already out of the league and trying to figure out what to do with themselves after basketball. It’s is not unheard of for players to continue past that age though. To note the most appropriate example, John Stockton played past 40 and was effective in doing so. Kidd, on par with Stockton’s greatness, can do the same.

So if Kidd were that type of guy, he could get the Nets to acquiesce to his demands. Either extend his contract, because he’s clearly the motor that makes your team run and is the only reason they’ve been worth talking about of late, or trade him to a team where he can continue to pursue a championship. It’s that simple.

There are no arguments. At best you can point to Kidd’s lack of a jumpshot. He doesn’t block shots, but it’s rare for point guards to do so. So if you ignore points and blocks, Kidd leads the Nets in all other stats that matter. So if the Nets are unwilling to give Kidd a little job security, they would be fools to not trade him while his value is as high as it is. They wouldn’t have to call too many teams before they found one that was interested in his services. Quality point guard play is hard to come by, and it could mean the difference between a team contending or going home after an early playoff exit. Take the opportunity to get some young talent around Wince Carter and Richard Jefferson, maybe a draft pick or two. Everyone wins.