New Jersey Nets & L.A. Lakers Should Re-visit Jason Kidd-Andrew Bynum Trade
New Jersey owner Bruce Ratner rolls deep. The billionaire has shown Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson the money, signing his star wings to max contracts. But the buck stops with Jason Kidd-literally. Right now, the Nets have little interest in extending Kidd beyond 2010 …
The Newark Star Ledger reports on the Nets turning down Jason Kidd’s request for a contract extension:
The Nets had turned down Kidd’s appeal for a contract extension just days before he made his bleak assertion about the team’s future, according to three people close to the point guard who requested anonymity so as not to damage his relationship with the team.
The 13th-year pro, one of the great players of his generation, makes $19.7 million this season and $21.4 million next year, the final year of his deal, which makes him eligible for a one-year extension for the 2009-10 season — or a two-year extension, if he waits until this summer.
My Quick Take:
But the buck stops with Jason Kidd-literally.
Right now, the Nets have little interest in extending Kidd beyond 2010.
That said, Kidd hasn’t aged and is still an elite table-setter. Unfortunately, it appears
- The Nets won’t win the east with their current squad, acquiring a youthful Bynum helps set-up the future in their new
- The Nets already have two perimeter stars; Bynum solidifies their ozone sized-hole at center.
- J-Kidd is a Hall of Fame point guard, who leads the club on and off-the-court. Trading him tarnishes his legacy and accomplishments with the Nets.
- Kidd, because of his conditioning, could transcend his age and still dominate in his late thirties. There is no guarantee Bynum develops into an elite center.
- Acquiring Kidd would end the speculation about Bryant’s future. Mamba would stay put in
. After all, Hollywood is on board. A Hall of Fame one-guard is running the point. Why would Bryant leave? Jackson
- Bynum will be around for a decade after Kidd retires. And acquiring Kidd’s hefty contract isn’t easy for any team to assume, especially the Lakers who are already over the cap.
Ten months later, Kidd for Bynum still makes sense.
However, the All-Star probably remains in the swamps of
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