Sunday , Mar , 29 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Would Jason Kidd improve Cleveland Cavaliers or Los Angeles Lakers?

The Lakers and Cavaliers are set at the one-spot and bringing in an established veteran over the summer, even somebody such as Kidd who makes those around him better, could upset chemistry. Both sides already have excellent point guards. In his first year next to LeBron James, Mo Williams has averaged 18 points and 4 assists per game and was named an All-Star. And L.A.’s Derek Fisher does everything well. He scores, defends, provides leadership, and clicks with teammates and coaches …


Would Jason Kidd improve Cleveland Cavaliers or Los Angeles Lakers?

NBA news mixed with analysis … 

Their News: The growing sense in Dallas is that there are only two threats to the Mavericks’ hopes of re-signing Jason Kidd this summer.

1. Kobe Bryant convincing big-guard-loving Phil Jackson and the Lakers to make a run at his dear friend Kidd with L.A.’s mid-level exception.

2. LeBron James convincing the Cavs to make a run at his dear friend Kidd with their mid-level exception. (ESPN Weekend Dime)

Our Very Quick Analysis: Would Jason Kidd improve Cleveland or Los Angeles?

The Lakers and Cavaliers are set at the one-spot and bringing in an established veteran over the summer, even somebody such as Kidd who makes those around him better, could upset chemistry.

Both sides already have excellent point guards. In his first year next to LeBron James, Mo Williams has averaged 18 points and 4 assists per game and was named an All-Star. And L.A.’s Derek Fisher does everything well. He scores, defends, provides leadership, and clicks with teammates and coaches.

Kidd certainly wouldn’t hurt. After all, pass-first table-setters with Hall of Fame credentials are rare. But he wasn’t an instant fit in Dallas and it would take time to adjust to the Lakers’ triple-post system and playing off of James.

But Kidd has never been a strong perimeter shooter, so opponent’s could leave him and double-team James or Bryant. Keep in mind Williams and Fisher regularly knock down open shots and punish cheating defenders.

They’ll have bigger priorities come summer. Anderson Varejao will opt-out of his current pact with Cleveland and seek a significant raise, while L.A. will need their mid-level exception to re-sign unrestricted free agents Trevor Ariza and Lamar Odom.

Cleveland and Los Angeles are the NBA’s top two teams. Signing Kidd would look good, but doesn’t necessarily make either team better. 

Should the Cavalier and Lakers target Kidd this summer? Are they better off with Williams and Fisher? Get at us in the comment box below and come back to HoopsVibe the Blog for more NBA tidbits. Photo courtesy of Xue891.