Basketball

Jason Kidd demands Nets trade him: report

Disgrunted point guard Jason Kidd wants the New Jersey Nets to trade him to a contending team.

Disgruntled New Jersey Nets point guard Jason Kidd no longer wants to play basketball in the Meadowlands.

Kidd, 34, revealed Monday that he wants the Nets, losers of nine straight games and 18-26 overall, to trade him.

"We tried to make this work," he told ESPN The Magazine.

"We have found out it doesn't. It is time for us all to move on."

"I don't personalize it," Nets head coach Lawrence Frank said. "I'm more disappointed about where we are as a team right now.

Kidd, one of the most flamboyant point guards in NBA history, leads the league with 21 triple-doubles this season — and active players with 98 in a career, trailing only Oscar Robertson (181) and Magic Johnson (138).

Kidd has started 43 games this season, averaging 11.3 points, 10.4 assists, 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 37.4 minutes.

"The reality is we are only looking to make deals that make sense for us," Nets president Rod Thorn said. "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."

New Jersey tried but failed to cut a deal last February with the Los Angeles Lakers for Kidd, who is earning $19.7 million US this season and slated to make $21.2 million US next season.

But this time around, the emergence of sophomore pro Marcus Williams means the Nets won't need a legit point guard in return.
 
"We feel Marcus Williams has a future here and in the league," Thorn said.

Kidd has averaged 14.4 points, 9.2 assists, 6.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 37.4 minutes in 989 appearances (976 starts) over 14 NBA seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Nets.

He ranks fourth in rebounds (6,664) by a guard and sixth in assists (9,138).

"One thing that is unique about Jason is his ability to separate anything else that goes on and — once he steps between those lines — give his best effort," Frank said. "He has proven that since he has been here as he has dealt with different things."

With files from the Associated Press