Kidd confirms that agent has been talking to Nets about trade
Nets president Rod Thorn told The Associated Press he hadn't talked to Kidd on Tuesday, and declined to discuss which teams have expressed an interest in the nine-time All-Star. He said he wouldn't be forced into making a deal.
"The reality is we're only looking to make deals that make sense for us," Thorn said, according to AP. "If every time someone said, 'I want you to trade me,' you acquiesced, then you put yourself in a very vulnerable position because you have a revolving door."Thorn added that with the development of second-year guard Marcus Williams as Kidd's backup, the Nets would "probably not" require a point guard to be part of a deal for Kidd.
"We feel Marcus Williams has a future here and in the league," he said.Schwartz, in exploring current options for his client with other NBA teams, has been told that with Vince Carter signing a new four-year, $61.8 million contract and Richard Jefferson having three years and $42 million left on his six-year deal, Kidd is the only moveable major asset New Jersey has. Kidd is under contract through the end of next season and will make $19.7 million this year and $21.3 million next year. There are a variety of teams that would be interested in acquiring Kidd -- Dallas and Denver have already reached out in the last week, a source said -- but it's a matter of what the Nets would insist upon in return. If draft picks are involved, weighing true value is infinitely easier after the May draft lottery, when the selection order is set and teams have a better idea of which players plan to declare their draft eligibility. Ric Bucher covers the NBA for ESPN The Magazine. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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