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Jason Kidd will approach the rest of his career on a year-by-year basis, and the 40-year-old future Hall of Famer may yet play out the final two years of his contract and last until age 42. He's extended his career by moving to the 2-guard spot, and Kidd's ability to spot up and consistently knock down the open three should render him an effective rotation player through the next two seasons.
The real matter will not be whether Kidd can get it done with his waning athleticism, but whether or not his body can withstand the rigors of playing two more years of professional sports.
Kidd is still seeing 27 minutes per game and could see a further reduction in his playing time next season. Kidd's minutes have decreased each year since 2009-10 when he played 36 minutes per night. However, according to ESPN New York's Ian Begley, coach Mike Woodson isn't worried:
FWIW, Woodson said Jason Kidd can "absolutely" play two more years. Kidd has said he'd approach it year by year. #Knicks
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) March 23, 2013
Woodson also told the New York Post:
J-Kidd knows the game just like a coach. To have him just in the locker room and to have him on the court, you can hear him always, even if he's on the bench. He looks at different things on the court I wouldn't yell out, I know a lot of guys around the league wouldn't yell out. It helps out tremendously.
Ultimately, Kidd could become a 15-18 minute per night player whose best values are what Woodson said they are: coaching. That's just the natural progression for one of the game's best point guards.