The Pau Gasol sweepstakes. The Shaq resurrection. Collinsgate
. After the dust settles, I'm left asking: Did everyone forget about Jason Kidd?
The most talked about trade, involving Kidd going to Dallas for a ball of mystery meat and Devin Harris going to Portland, was put in a salary cap sleeperhold
and is now DOA. Even if they could shoehorn the salaries to make it work, the trade didn't make much sense for Dallas. I don't see why Dallas would trade Devin Harris, who is 24 and in the midst of a breakout season, for Jason Kidd, whose scoring and shooting is at Darrell Walker
levels and, at age 35, could be toast a year from now. Dirk Nowitzki is 29 and Josh Howard is 27. It's a little early to go into "win now" mode for these guys.
The Spurs were in a similar situation when they balked on the Jason Kidd/Tony Parker
trade a few years ago. At that time, Tony Parker was 21 and as green as grass, but why trade a kid with plenty of upside for a max contract with questionable shelf life and iffy scoring ability? One thing led to another, and Tony Parker became 2007 Finals MVP. That worked out well.
Now, the Nets' biggest problem is their inability to score, and Kidd is as much the problem as he is the solution. In a surprising yet unsurprising statistical bastardization, the Nets are 4th in the league in assists but 29th in FG% and PPG. Which means if it isn't a feed from Jason Kidd, or a Vince Carter or Richard Jefferson isolation, the Nets are practically helpless. And the fact that Jason Kidd is 58th(!) among point guards in FG%
isn't helping. Why there was no discussion to pick up offense-in-a-can Earl Boykins is a bit puzzling.Read
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