29 June 2009
Can you picture Jason Kidd in red, white and black? How about Andre Miller?
Because when you look at the list – and it is a long list – of free-agent point guards this summer, those are the two guys that stand out and will likely draw interest from the Blazers.
See, my plan in knocking out the “Pick Your Point Guard” piece currently running over at HOOPSWORLD was to also include a few names circulating in trade rumors, along with the free-agents I listed. You’ll notice namely Steve Nash, Kirk Hinrich and Devin Harris absent from the rundown. And chances are I’ll re-visit such speculation in the coming weeks.
Want to keep it free-agent specific for now.
I can say this: If Portland does decide to make a change at the point – and honestly, who knows if they even will – Kidd may be the wisest move. Because even if you ink him for a two-year deal, that is ample time to not only mentor Jerryd Bayless, but also build some nice chemistry once a veteran power forward to back-up LaMarcus Aldridge is added.
As for the Andre Miller rumors, I’m sure Portland has inquired – or will inquire – but I have a hard time believing Portland has reached this point financially only to pay up for a guy like Andre Miller. Nothing against Miller. I guess when I think of building a championship caliber team, Miller isn’t the first guy that pops into my head.
Back to Kidd real quick: the New York Knicks (who can only offer him their mid-level exception of $5.5 million) will chase him. Count on it. Dallas plans on throwing money his way to get him to stay too. Bank on that.
The downfall could be in the numbers though. Kidd is 36-years-old and he may drive a steep bargain for someone who probably has a couple more years in him.
Is he worth a short-term investment?
All I’m saying is Kevin Pritchard at least has to make the call to Kidd’s agent, Jeff Schwartz, to see if there is any interest once Wednesday morning rolls around. In fact, that should be one of Pritchard’s first calls. Who knows? Maybe the price is right. Maybe Kidd's relationship with Nate McMillan holds some weight.
Maybe Kidd’s not interested at all.
But what if he is?
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