NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls Are Jason Kidd's Only Shot at Another Ring

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJune 19, 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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Of all the suitors mentioned in relation to Jason Kidd, the Chicago Bulls would offer him the best shot at another championship. Dwain Price of the Fort Star Telegram reports:

Jason Kidd is more than willing to return to the Dallas Mavericks next season, even if the team will offer him only a one-year contract.

The free-agent point guard also mentioned the possibilities of being the backup to Deron Williams with the Brooklyn Nets, to Jeremy Lin with the New York Knicks, and to Derrick Rose with the Chicago Bulls.

While it's understandable the future hall of famer would be inclined to finish his career where he started it, and where he won his only ring, Dallas will not be a championship team next season. Acquiring Deron Williams would definitely improve their chances, but they have some holes in the middle that must be addressed.

The Nets need to retain Deron Williams and acquire Dwight Howard to be serious, and both of those things are up in the air right now. 

The Knicks are a mismatched mix of talent in need of some additions by subtraction. But the problem is, they may not find suitors to take their issues off their hands. That leaves the Bulls, the team with the best record in the Eastern Conference two years running.

They have been dogged by injuries in each of the last two postseasons, but this past season's playoffs were especially hard on them.

Derrick Rose tore his ACL and will miss parts of the upcoming season. Kidd could step in and play major role early on. He could help get the Bulls into their offensive sets quicker, as this is something the team lacks whenever Rose isn't playing. 

He isn't the 2000 version of Kidd, but he still knows how to run an offense and how to get his teammates shots. When Rose returns, Kidd would be a solid backup for him.

The Bulls aren't my favorites in the East for the 2012-2013 season, and signing Kidd wouldn't change my opinion. But of the teams mentioned, the Bulls are Kidd's best shot at one last run.


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