View Full Version : New: Kidd on the block?

06-25-2004, 06:16 PM
Sorry...couldn't resist on the thread title. :p

Anyway... :blush:


Nets pondering trading away Kidd

The Nets hope the price to keep Kenyon Martin isn't more than just a maximum contract worth $85 million.
Two sources with knowledge of the Nets' thinking said that the team's preliminary brainstorming on how to re-sign Martin has included the outside possibility of having to trade Jason Kidd and his massive contract.

However, Nets CEO Rod Thorn dismissed a Philadelphia Inquirer story that said the team has already begun shopping Kidd.

"We are not shopping anybody around," Thorn said last night. "We talk about guys all the time. People talk to us. So to say we are shopping him or Kenyon or anybody else is not true."

The Nets did trade their No.22 pick (forward Viktor Khryapa) as expected to Portland for $3 million and the rights to ex-Net Eddie Gill - whose contract likely will be renounced - before taking 6-9 forward Christian Drejer, who played two years at Florida before joining F.C. Barcelona this year, with the 51st pick in the draft.

Several league sources say incoming owner Bruce Ratner, whose purchase of the Nets likely will be approved by the NBA before the end of the month, wants to slice much of the Nets' hefty payroll. That could cost the Nets their All-Star power forward, a restricted free agent who could draw a max offer from another team. The Nets have the right to match any offer or do a sign-and-trade. There is already a rumor circulating about a sign-and-trade involving Denver's Nene.

Unless the Nets can trade Kerry Kittles' $10 million contract and unload other big-money players like Rodney Rogers and Lucious Harris (who may be bought out), the Nets may look into parting ways with Kidd, sources said.

Kidd, who won't be happy if the Nets lose Martin, is considered to be untouchable along with Richard Jefferson. But Kidd, who led the Nets to two straight NBA Finals upon arriving in 2001, has five years and approximately $88 million remaining on the $103 million deal he signed last summer. He will also have surgery on his left knee but has yet to set a date.

When asked if the organization has discussed the possibility of trading the franchise point guard as a last-resort option to keep Martin, Thorn replied: "We talk about a lot of different things that I'm not going to talk about."

Said senior VP of basketball operations Ed Stefanski: "We'll go through the whole thing of how the system works. Hopefully we can keep Kenyon. That's our goal - to do what we can to keep Kenyon Martin."

Ohm Youngmisuk
& Darren Everson

Originally published on June 25, 2004

06-25-2004, 06:19 PM
I hate trading people for money reasons when they're good players. I'm a fan of the game, not the business.

06-26-2004, 04:23 PM
Without Kidd, Kenyon Martin is nothing.