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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.

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