HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — We don’t have to wait until the March 15 trade deadline for the fur to fly. Things are already plenty interesting.
Dwight Howard‘s name is hot in the streets of Orlando, Newark, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Dallas and beyond. Deron Williams should know the feeling. His name is all over the place as well.
Where they go, no one knows for sure. Not yet at least.
But in the absence of substantial facts, let the games begin …
Kidd and Williams on the same team next season?
Jeff Caplan of ESPNDallas.com highlights the connections (they share the same agent, Jeff Schwartz) between the two point guards and how they could very well end up on the same team next season:
As he did in Los Angeles earlier this season when the Nets swept through town concurrently, Kidd smiled at the notion of backing up Williams, a free-agent-to-be, in Dallas next season.
“Deron is one of the best point guards in this league,” Kidd said. “He puts a lot of pressure on you offensively and plays both ends. I’m a big fan of Deron’s and if he was to come back here that would be great.
“I’m all for it.”
Of course, Kidd, who will also be a free agent this summer didn’t rule out a return to the Nets in a backup role behind Williams if, say, one Dwight Howard, also a free-agent-to-be this summer if not traded first, also found his way to the franchise’s new home in Brooklyn.
“Brooklyn has its appeal,” Kidd said. “Last summer was a little damper because of the lockout, but this summer with the free agents that are out there should be entertaining for everybody to see who ends up where.”
One thing is for sure; Kidd, who turns 39 in March and said he’d still like to play two more seasons to get to 20 years in the league (he’d be 41), is ready to give up the key to his starting job after 18 seasons.
“Oh yes, yes,” Kidd said. “If he wants them right now I can give them to him.”
There are rumblings from different directions (and one extremely close to the situation) about a disgruntled Lamar Odom wanting an exit from his situation in Dallas, which forces us to pay even closer to attention than normal to the Mavericks as the trade deadline approaches.
Williams has Dallas connections, having grown up there and playing his high school ball in suburban Dallas. Even Nets coach Avery Johnson is publicly acknowledging the Mavericks’ chances of making waves in the Williams sweepstakes, telling Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com:
“He’s a threat, OK?” Johnson said of [Mark] Cuban after the Nets’ practice Monday night at SMU. “I know the guy. I think because of the success he’s had — and I know he got criticized a lot for quote-unquote having all those years where he didn’t win a championship — but he’s had some great success here that rivals any situation. So that’s a threat.”
Williams, whose team plays the Mavericks on Tuesday night, pretended to not be aware that the Mavericks would have enough salary-cap space to be major players in free agency this offseason. He made it clear that he had no intention of discussing the possibility of joiningDirk Nowitzki in Dallas next season.
“I’m just going to play out this season and look at my options after this season,” Williams said, repeating several variations of that statement during a five-minute session with the media.
This is only the beginning!