Kidd says Martin has not demanded a trade
"I don't think K-Mart ever said `Pay me or trade me.' He told me he never said that," Kidd said Wednesday, suggesting that the leaked trade demand was an ill-advised negotiating ploy.
"Sometimes people say things to get attention or probably thought they were handling it the right way, and unfortunately that wasn't the way to handle that situation," Kidd said.
Martin reportedly issued a trade demand after the Nets offered him a $66 million, six-year extension -- about $21 million less than the maximum allowable amount sought by Martin's agent, Brian Dyke.
Martin, the No. 1 pick in the 2000 draft, is scheduled to be paid $5.1 million next season in the final year of his contract. He would then become a restricted free agent, with New Jersey able to match any offer he receives. Martin could choose to sign a one-year extension and become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2005.
"He can't do anything. What can he do?" Kidd said. "The Nets hold all the cards. He's playing with a false hand. He doesn't have anything. He can't bluff. Ask Elton Brand."
Brand was a restricted free agent earlier this summer and signed a six-year, $82.2 million offer sheet with the Miami Heat. The Los Angeles Clippers matched the offer.
The Oregonian reported the Portland Trail Blazers were considering sending Rasheed Wallace and the expiring contract of Arvydas Sabonis to New Jersey for Martin and Dikembe Mutombo. A source with knowledge of the talks, speaking to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said Tuesday that deal would not happen.
"I'm not the GM," Kidd said. "K-Mart can play at a high level. Rasheed can play at a high level. I think the rumors, that's all they are -- rumors. A lot of things in this league are rumors, and nothing's true until it comes from the horse's mouth or it happens."
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