Kidd wants to play with Carter, Jefferson

Updated: January 14, 2005, 2:55 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

Jason Kidd
Point Guard
New Jersey Nets
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2004-2005 SEASON STATISTICS
GM PPG RPG APG FG% FT%
18 10.7 6.6 6.2 .379 .625

"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 we'll see."

The change in Kidd's wishes comes less than a month after the Nets acquired Vince Carter from Toronto, but also just a few days after Richard Jefferson was lost for the season due to a wrist injury.

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 happening.

"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 your team."


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