HOUSTON -- Jason Kidd says he will not ask the New Jersey
Nets to trade him, a turnaround from his stance earlier this season
when he was still upset about the club's offseason roster moves.
"I'm not going to ask for that," Kidd told reporters at the
Nets' morning shootaround Thursday. "Besides, there's no guarantee
that if I'm traded somewhere that I'll win a championship there. So
Kidd was angered when the Nets dealt Kenyon Martin to Denver and
Kerry Kittles to the Los Angeles Clippers, breaking up the nucleus
of a team that reached the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003 before
losing to the eventual champion Detroit Pistons in seven games in
the second round of the 2004 playoffs.
The cost-cutting moves were spurred by the sale of the team to
Brooklyn developer Bruce Ratner, who has since acknowledged that
the trades were mistakes.
Kidd signed a six-year contract with the Nets two summers ago,
turning down an offer to join the San Antonio Spurs. He's still
owed $90 million.
Recent speculation had him possibly going to the Minnesota
Timberwolves or Portland Trail Blazers in a trade, although Kidd's
latest statement would seem to lessen the possibility of any trade
"How many games did R.J. and Vince play together?" Kidd asked.
"Next year will be a time for them to get adjusted to each other's
games. And the future's always bright as long as you have talent on