Report: Mavs, Kidd Close In On Deal





Deron Williams supposedly was outta Brooklyn before he ever played there, headed to Dallas to team up with veteran Mavericks guard Jason Kidd. Or Williams was going to land elsewhere and be joined by Kidd as a traveling companion, a package deal waiting to happen in NBA free agency 2012.

Or neither of the above. Williams will stay right where he is, re-signing with the Nets for the inaugural season in the Knicks’ New York backyard and teaming up instead with freshly acquired Joe Johnson in a pricey, potent backcourt that doesn’t appear to fit Kidd (Avery Johnson still does coach the Nets, y’know.) That would leave the aging/ageless playmaker to fend for himself, heading somewhere in the somewhat reduced role that he’s seeking or maybe staying, too, right where he’s at.

According to ESPNDallas.com’s Jeff Kaplan, though, Kidd and the Mavericks are close to a deal that would allow Kidd to end his career where it began:

The 39-year-old is closing in on a multiyear deal, a source close to the situation said. The source said the deal is not completed, but barring any snags, Kidd will close out his career alongside Dirk Nowitzki.

The value of the contract was not known.

After a rough few days that saw prized free agent Deron Williams opt to re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets, Jason Terry agree to terms with the Boston Celtics and then another Mavs target Steve Nash stunningly get traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Mavs are finally nearing their first positive move of a so-far frustrating free-agent period by bringing back Kidd.

Entering his 19th season, Kidd finished a three-year, $25 million deal this season and openly talked about possibly joining Williams as a package deal at either Dallas or Brooklyn.

Reeling from Williams’ rejection, the Mavs’ front office quickly shifted gears and engaged Nash, who left Dallas in the summer of 2004 to accept a lucrative free-agent deal with the Suns, and they also targeted Knicks restricted free agent Jeremy Lin.

But, when the Suns and Lakers reached a sign-and-trade agreement Wednesday evening that will pair Nash with Kobe Bryant, the Mavs ramped up their discussions with Kidd, who had also talked of being open to playing with Lin, a fellow Bay Area native, in New York.

All along though, Kidd maintained his desire to remain with the Mavs and to continue to play alongside Nowitzki, who campaigned for the organization to trade for the future Hall of Fame point guard in 2008. Together each won the only championship of their careers in 2011.

Kidd was originally drafted by the Mavs in the second pick in the 1994 Draft, but played with Phoenix and New Jersey before a 2008 trade reunited him with his original franchise.

17 Comments

  1. hmm.. says:

    @what Cj watson has a team option on his contract, john lucas is an unrestricted free agent, and rose will be out until at least mid season. so the bulls basically have only 1 or 2 pg’s at the moment compared to last year when they had rose, watson, lucas, and mike james. also it is a 15 man roster not 12. if you weren’t so ready to insult somebody you would realize that their main priorities in free agency are a pg to replace rose for a while and a sf to start for deng after his surgery.

    • UK-Bulls says:

      What says:
      July 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm
      So you’re saying to have Rose, CJWatson, John Lucas lll, MArquis Teague, Jeff Teague’s brother, and have Jason Kidd? So you’re suggesting to have 5 point guards in a 12 man roster? You’re clearly an amateur in basketball.

      Yes, Clearly an amateur. Thankyou for pointing the facts outs #hmm
      We all know Tom Thibodeau is reluctant to give rookies serious minutes. Bulls need a veteran point guard to cover Rose until he returns, with Marquis coming off the bench to rest Kidd. When Rose returns to his starting spot, Thibs can have a nice rotation at the Pg spot using these 3 guys.

  2. mensab says:

    good job, mavs.. jason kidd is still valuable in the mavs’ rotation. i would like him to play a year or two and finish his career as a mav. what he does in the court does not show up in the stat sheets, but he motivates and makes better his teammates. all his teammates have something good to say about him. he played his best in game 4 against okc. when he was sitting down, that was the time when okc came back. jason kidd is a good complement to dirk. it will be a good year for the mavs to aim for that title again with kidd back.

  3. agentknowhow says:

    What’s not being said is that Dirk is over the hill and without a big three of their own, the Mavs are going to have to get younger with draft picks. I can see them dropping in the Western-Conference rankings next year to 8 with or without Kidd. The Nets are still in the hunt for Howard and as much as I love J Kidd and respective him for the years that he played hard in Jersey, he’s old news.

  4. agentknowhow says:

    What’s not being said is that Dirk is over the hill and without a big three of their own, the Mavs are going to have to get younger with draft picks. I see them dropping in the Western-Conference rankings next year to 8 with or without Kidd. The Nets are thinking why spend on Kidd when they are still in the hunt for Howard!!!

  5. joao says:

    jason kidd show than your the best pg ever.
    I´m your number 1 fan and i live in dallas and I know than you and Nowtizki are old and the mavs don’t have team again this year but if you buy B.Roy this is gonna a old but exprience team

  6. What says:

    So you’re saying to have Rose, CJWatson, John Lucas lll, MArquis Teague, Jeff Teague’s brother, and have Jason Kidd? So you’re suggesting to have 5 point guards in a 12 man roster? You’re clearly an amateur in basketball.

  7. Ricardo says:

    Is it me or Dallas does not have a contender team once again for next year…No Jason Terry, just Jason Kidd? if they get to an agreement , in my humble opinion Dallas was one of the team I thought it would landed Deron Williams or Steve Nash…now beside Nowitski who is going to step up to make them a contender because certainly Kidd cannot play more than 30 to 35 minutes per game

    • ko0kie says:

      they were too old anyway.. even with kidd and terry… they either need dwight howard or at least a capable backcourt..

  8. TTKIN says:

    As a 20 year Laker fan, let me say that I am disappointed Dallas couldnt make their moves work out. I am a HUGE fan of the 2011 Mavs despite them sweeping my team. That was a great team and I was honestly pissed to see it disbanded. It’s just too bad it was for nothing. Much respect to one of the great organizations in basketball.

  9. UK-Bulls says:

    Come to the Bulls! Will fit in perfectly coming off the bench complimenting Rose, when he is back from rehab.

  10. underdog says:

    Saying Kidd to Bulls is a perfect fit is an understatement. I hope Kidd realizes it too

  11. Dr Ken says:

    Jason Kidd is a childish & selfish individual who winds up unhappy no matter where he goes. Why would any respectable team want this wife-beater now??? NJ couldn’t win it all with him, Dallas managed to win it all despite him, so what is the attraction? He was in such a hurry to get to Dallas when he was in NJ, so what’s his problem now? He’s exactly where he wanted to be after throwing a temper tantrum in NJ, so now he needs yet another diaper change? He has to be one of the most over-rated players in the NBA today, and any team with a seirous chance at moving up in the world should not be lured by his hype.

    • Lhione says:

      Wow a Jason Kidd hater. Basketball is not about being a wife-beater or being a childish and selfish individual. At age 39 people who do know what basketball is still want him to play the game. Probably your a guy from New Jersey, sorry but New Jersey don’t have an NBA team anymore. People from New Jersey should respect him because his first two years as a Net brought them two consecutive Eastern Conference title. And he is a future hall of famer.

  12. jouise says:

    PLAY FOR KNICKS…. JASON KIDD.

    • BLAH says:

      well its either we go after kidd or fisher for a point OR we can always go back after ray felton, he actually played pretty good the short time he was there with amare, I’m just happy we get to keep shump now