That's how I'd take Jason Terry's comment after the Game 5 clincher that the Mavericks have a great sense of urgency because Jason Kidd probably won't be back next season.
Not saying Kidd is a slam-dunk to return. That's what free agency is for. Players see how much money they can make and/or see what kind of great situation they can land in.
But mostly, they see how much money they can get.
Kidd has plenty of dough, but who doesn't want more, right?
Terry made his comment in the heat of the moment after the game and was simply saying what most people think. There's a chance Kidd moves on.
If that helps give the Mavericks another motivational factor, great.
But there's just as much of a chance that he's running the point at AAC again next year. The Mavericks can offer him more money than anybody else.
Between now and July 1, when he's a free agent, I'd suggest not putting much stock in anything you hear about Kidd. He'll have the final say, and he may very well want to go to Cleveland with LeBron.
But the Mavericks will have something to say about that, too.