Ever since the Mavs bowed out of the playoffs, the hot talk about what they need to do for next season has revolved around bringing in a true point guard.
And that talk has led directly to the Nets' Jason Kidd, a, ahem, former Maverick. Nets GM Rod Thorn has admitted that he tried to trade Kidd to the Lakers at the tradeline. Kidd wanted the deal to happen, but the Lakers refused to move young center Andrew Bynum and that killed it.
Speculation has heated up again that Thorn could move Kidd in the offseason. Of course, when the Nets went down 3-1 to the Cavs, talk really spiked. Prior to Game 5, however, Thorn seemed to cool on the idea of trading Kidd and breaking up the Nets.
Dave D'Alessandro and David Walstein of The Star-Ledger in Trenton reported today that it would take one heck of a deal for Thorn to trade the 34-year-old Kidd. Assuming the Mavs went after Kidd, you've got to believe that Thorn would have Josh Howard at the top of his wish-list.
"I really don't think so," Thorn said when asked whether he would repeat the trade-deadline exercise of exploring Kidd's market value. "I think we already know what's out there. The only (major) change really depends on what happens with Vince (Carter)."
Carter can become a free agent...Apparently he wants to return to the Nets for 3 years, $60 mil..Nets are thinking more along the lines of $45 mil.