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Report: Jason Kidd wants to get paid or he will retire

May 3, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin defends Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

Jason Kidd will be a 39-year-old free agent this summer, which is usually when a veteran takes a small paycheck (by NBA standards, anyway) to win a ring and just stay in the game.

Kidd isn’t playing by those rules, apparently. Here is the tweet from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated (hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie):

Hearing Jason Kidd isn’t interested in playing for a vets minimum or small exception. If he doesn’t get a mid-level type offer, he’ll quit.

That means about $5 million a year. Which will be too rich for Dallas’ blood (although they have their attention focused on Deron Williams anyway). Now, if I were trying to get as much money as I can out of a last contract, I’d say exactly what Kidd said in this situation. Even if I didn’t mean it.

Kidd had arguably the worst year of his career last year, with 6.2 points and 5.5 assists per game in just under 29 minutes a game. He had a PER of 13.1 — below the league average but not really out of line with a lot of backup point guards in the league. He has struggled shooting in the playoffs, going 4-18. But he is still a cagey guy with the ball in his hands, one who tests and probes defenses in a clever way, something that has a lot of value.

For teams, are you willing to spend $5 million on a veteran but slowed Kidd, or would you rather give those minutes to a young player you are trying to develop? Likely with a much cheaper contract.

  1. pacific123ocean - May 3, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    This doesn’t sound right. Can we get the full Kidd quote? Or, is this only Mannix opinion, and not coming from Kidd?

    But, if true…go ahead and quit, there are many younger players ready and willing to take his roster spot.

    • royistheboy - May 3, 2012 at 10:30 PM

      I love watching Kidd play, but you’re right, there have never been this many talented PGs in the league at once!

      CP3, Rondo, D-Will, Rose, Nash, Westbrook, Irving, Rubio, Parker, Wall, Jennings, and that’s just the beginning!

  2. patsfanvt - May 3, 2012 at 4:31 PM


  3. chitownmatt - May 3, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    What kind of work and conditioning does it take to play in the NBA at 39?

    You can’t really blame the guy for talking about retiring.

  4. dunkindan - May 3, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    Jason Kidd is one of the greatest PG of all time

    • 00maltliquor - May 4, 2012 at 2:45 AM

      How the hell can this comment get 7 thumbs down!??

    • freemantowilliams - May 4, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      I agree Kidd is one of the greatest points ever but… Well… He’s also the only pg in the league that was on the original NBA Jam. Can i get a boom-shaka-laka?

  5. blkmanwtan - May 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM


  6. thomaskouns - May 3, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Kidd has been through a divorce which cleaned him out.

    Best guess Is he will take whatever is offered because though he wants to be a front office guy in the NBA he doesn’t come off as the sharpest tool in the door. Note: great players often make horrible GM’s.

    It’s a negotiatingly ploy by a guy who probably didn’t invest his money well.

  7. max20characters - May 3, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Has Golden State written all over him… Smh.

    • 00maltliquor - May 4, 2012 at 2:56 AM

      How can that be a bad thing? Steph Curry gets hurt like what, once every 5 games and it would be nice to have that kind of insurence coming off the bench wouldn’t it? It would surely only be for a year and he would provide excellent veteran leadership, championship experience and winning ways to a young, inexperienced squad that knows nothing other then to lose. Seems like a perfect fit.

  8. mrlitl - May 3, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    “…he doesn’t come off as the sharpest tool in the door.”

    Umm…why would tools be in a door? I believe the saying is sharpest KNIFE in the DRAWER. Kinda ironic that you mess up a quote that was meant to question someone else’s intelligence.

  9. jjared1101 - May 3, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    This doesn’t sound like Kidd. He’s said all year that he wants to take a back up role for about 2-3 more years. Why would someone that says they WANT a back up role, expect to get “paid?” Doesn’t make sense.

  10. abchome - May 4, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    People who has been following Kidd’s career should know that on one hand he’s one of the most unselfish players on court, and on the other hand he’s one of the most selfish person off court.

  11. skids003 - May 4, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    So Kurt, you’d pay him $10m for being “cagey?”

  12. kavika6 - May 4, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Good riddance Kidd. It’s been a great 27 years.

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