The New Jersey Nets need to trade Jason Kidd to the Los Angeles Lakers for several reasons. The first of course being for Jason Kidd himself. The man has been the best point guard in the league for the past 10 NBA seasons. He deserves a legitimate chance at winning an NBA championship. And you are stupid if you think the Nets are going to even contend anytime soon.
The second reason is for Kobe Bryant. The best player in the world who is giving his all every night to help his team win, is not able to show the world of his full potential because he’s triple teamed on literally every possession. Can you imagine Kobe playing with a dominate point guard? It’s scary to think about.
The third reason is for the NBA. Here you have two NBA stars, two of some of the biggest names in sports who won’t get too far in the playoffs with their current teams. That’s bad news for the NBA. It’s in David Stern’s best interest to make sure that these two future hall of famers make it deep into the playoffs. Also, television ratings will increase steadily to watch these two play together during the regular season.
The last reason is for the New Jersey Nets. Believe it or not the Jason Kidd thing was good while it lasted. Now it’s time to rebuild. You rebuild through solid draft picks and freeing up cap space to sign hot new free agents. The Lakers have both to offer. And with their long lineup of young skilled players the Nets should be able to walk away with a good return for JKidd’s services.
If you are the New Jersey Nets you of course are trying to get everything you can for Jason Kidd. The Lakers of course have the difficult task of providing enough in return to satisfy Rod Thorn and the Nets and at the same time keep enough on their roster to give Kidd a chance to win a championship. For the latter the Lakers must keep their core of Bryant, Odom, Fisher, and Bynum. And their are of course players that you don’t want to get rid of either like Turiaf. So here’s a list of (well thought out) disposable Laker players that can be used to get a deal done:
- Vladamir Radmanovic
- Kwame Brown
- Chris Mihm
- Sasha Vujacic
- Luke Walton
- Cobe Karl
- 2008 1st & 2nd Round Draft Picks
You don’t give up Jordan Farmar or Javaris Crittenton because they are your future backcourt to play with Bynum. You don’t give up Ariza because of his defensive capabilities at the small forward spot. His slashing abilities would go together very well with Jason Kidd’s skills. You can’t give up Turiaf because he is the “soul” of the team.
For those of you who don’t think a deal can or should get done with these players mentioned need to think again. Last year around this time, the Nuggets pulled off a deal where they sent Andre Miller, Joe Smith, Reggie Evans, and two 2007 late first round picks. Come on people. That’s for a guy who is still in his prime. To Kidd’s credit he is still a dominant point guard, but is 2-3 years past his prime. If the Nuggets can pull off such a deal for Iverson, why couldn’t the Lakers trade Walton, Mihm, Sasha, and two picks in the 2008 draft? This deal needs to get done and the Lakers, Nets, and the NBA need to make sure it happens soon. It’s a trade that’s good for all three parties.