Everyone’s Favorite Free Agent Hall-of-Fame Point Guard

Posted by Rob Mahoney on June 30, 2009 under Recaps, xOther | 4 Comments to Read

via Marc Stein, ESPN:

“You would love to win a championship, but there are no guarantees,” Kidd said in mid-May, a day after the Mavericks’ season ended. “You could pick the favorites for next year to win a championship and things could go sideways.”

So maybe he’d prefer big money now from a team already in contention. That could be Dallas, which might be willing to pay more than other teams to help maximize the prime of Nowitzki’s career and to avoid the problem of trying to replace him.

“I’m not looking at it as … hitching on a bandwagon and jumping on with a team that’s a favorite,” Kidd said. “I’m looking to help a team try to win a championship. Whether it’s here in Dallas or wherever it may be, I still feel that I have a lot to give to the game. I feel great, and I thought I had a pretty good season. As much as everybody talks about my age, I still feel like I can compete at a high level.”

  • wacc_Attack

    still hoping we pursue Gortat….a dude who can actually contribute at the 5 for the MLE. I mean honestly…how many semi-decent centers are there out there currently? This guy is gonna be a solid 10-10, 15-10 dude when given the chance. That’s muuuuuuch better than the 2-3 and 5 fouls we get now…..If we can resign Kidd, get some offensive productivity/actual rebounding down in the post, and swing a little more offense via the Stack/Damp chips, we might be alright.

  • Brian D

    I’m still not sold on Gortat being such a huge upgrade over Damp. For the price we pay, yes, Damp is atrocious. However, the fact remains that he was 5th among centers in rebounding rate, and he’s still a solid shotblocker and defender. Also, I don’t want to underestimate the value of him having played with the other guys for 5 years.

    During the regular season Gortat had a lower +/- than Matt Carroll. Obviously it’s a skewed stat since when he was on the floor it meant the Magic’s best player was off of it. But you could make the same argument that his rebounding/block rates were so high in the playoffs because when he was on the floor he was generally the only big guy out there for the Magic.

    I like him, and he’s intriguing, but I will remain dubious about guys whose careers are a truckload of worthless other than one playoff run. Tim Thomas and Jerome James anyone?

  • Brayden

    I never want to see that Tim Thomas five-finger wag in front of his face again.

  • Brian D

    The last time anyone saw it was right before he blew a kiss at Dirk and got the smack laid down on him hard.