Fifteen minutes later, Kidd was gone, back down the same tunnel from whence he came. He stopped to sign a few autographs from a group of kids who had been clamoring for him before racing back down the tunnel.
You would never know he wanted no part of being there.
Trade speculation involving Kidd has become almost an annual event in New Jersey. In 2005, Kidd, irate at management for letting
So while while it is not a revelation that Kidd recently asked out of New Jersey, this time Nets president
Why? Because the Nets are not a good team.
On Tuesday night, the Nets snapped a nine-game losing streak with an 87-80 win over Milwaukee. New Jersey struggled to beat a team that was playing without star shooting guard
This is not a championship team Thorn has assembled in New Jersey. It's not even a playoff team. The trio of Kidd ($19.7 million salary),
Which has left Kidd, well, frustrated. Especially when no one wants to talk about the game.
Afterward, one reporter asked Kidd about his recent trade demand.
"Good try, though," Kidd said.
Another followed up with a similar question.
"Strike two," Kidd said.
Kidd's trade demand is going to be the topic du jour in New Jersey, with the 312 local papers all speculating on his preferred destination and how much he has left in the tank.
"I really don't think he has lost a step," an advance scout said. "It just looks like he's not trying that hard. He still has a lot left and if he is traded, whatever team gets him, look out."
Who will that team be? I'm of the opinion that Kidd will remain in New Jersey, at least until the offseason when Thorn can deal from a stronger position. Any deal now would net the Nets maybe 40 cents on the dollar. But since playing GM is fun, let's visit a couple of trade scenarios. Bear in mind, these trades involve just the main pieces it will take to get Kidd. In most cases, some throw-ins will be needed to make the salaries match.