Deron And Kidd Now A Package Deal, Meeting With Nets And Mavs On Monday
With averages of 19.5 points and 10.2 assists over the past two seasons, it's no secret why it is so important to the clubs in play to land his services, but now there's an added incentive to spice things up: Jason Kidd will reportedly sign wherever Deron signs.
Kidd, an aging ten time all-star, had the worst season of his career last year, averaging career lows in points, rebounds, and assists. However, his career numbers are incredibly consistent, so it was pretty easy to dip below his previous lows (for example, his previous low in assists was 7.7). He is an exceptional leader and floor general. He knows how to move the ball and create opportunities for other players. He could probably even teach Deron a thing or two to improve his game, if that's possible. Even with Kidd's old age and diminishing athleticism, he could still be incredibly valuable as a backup point guard.
There are some rumors floating around that the two point guards have already decided they'll be signing with the Nets. They're playing golf in the Hamptons (in NY), where Kidd just bought a house. Sound familiar? LeBron James bought a house down in Florida just before that wonderful ESPN special during which he announced he'd be taking his talents to South Beach.
It's an interesting decision for Deron. I don't see how the Nets could land Dwight Howard via trade, as they don't have very good pieces to give the Magic in return. They don't really have many good young prospects to develop either. However, the Nets would likely be the frontrunners to sign Howard should he hit free agency next summer.
The Mavs, on the other hand, have a better team but are the oldest team in the NBA. Dirk Nowitzki is at the back end of his career, scoring his lowest points per game since 1999-00 last season. The teams' top four leading scorers are an average age of 33.75. Deron could get left with a garbage team once those guys retire.
It'll be interesting to see where the two point guards decide to go, but to be honest, if I'm Deron I'd be looking elsewhere.