Kidd has also made it known that he has no interest in playing for the veteran's minimum and is seeking a deal for around the mid-level exemption. According to Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, Kidd will retire if he doesn't receive a deal for around the mid-level exception this summer.
Kidd made the statement feeling he can contribute for at least one more season based on his performance so far against the Thunder in the playoffs. Despite his poor shooting percentages, Kidd has played 35 minutes per game while averaging 10.0 PPG, 5.3 APG and 5.7 RPG and could serve as a decent backup in the NBA next year.
Kidd may have some productive basketball left in him, but asking for the MLE may be a bit foolish. However, teams have been known to throw money around in the past and this offseason should be no exception.
Here’s a look at a few teams that could throw Kidd the money he’s looking for.
Will Kidd play in the NBA next season?
Kidd’s career could come full circle as he finishes up near his home town. He was born in San Francisco and played his college ball at Cal. Golden State could do much worse than Kidd as Stephen Curry’s backup.
The likely plan for Dallas is Deron Williams or Steve Nash in the offseason, but if they fail there then they certainly can explore bringing Kidd back for another season. They will certainly have the money to spend.
Speaking of money to spend, could Kidd make a return to the Nets? If Brooklyn loses Williams, they will have the cap space to pay for Kidd and he could be useful as a big name as they prepare to open up their new arena.
He could help tutor whoever the Nets point guard will be next season, but this late in his career, playing for a non-contender may not be that enticing.
Speaking of needing names, Kidd could return to Phoenix as well if they lose out on Nash. The Suns need some star power and right now they don’t have any attractive names to the casual basketball fan.
Signing Kidd could come down to nothing more than a smart business decision if Phoenix fails to land any key free agents.