NBA Rumors: Foolish Teams That Would Meet Jason Kidd's Absurd Demands

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IMay 4, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 30:  Jason Kidd #2 of the Dallas Mavericks drives as Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder follows in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on April 30, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Oklahoma City defeated Dallas 102-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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Dallas Mavericks point guard and future Hall of Famer Jason Kidd has made it clear he wants to play again in 2013, even though he will turn 40 years of age in March of next season.

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.


Golden State Warriors

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.


Dallas Mavericks

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.


Brooklyn Nets

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.


Phoenix Suns

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.