Jason Kidd is a future Hall-of-Famer and was a pivotal member of Dallas' epic title run last season. He's etched his name into NBA history and the hearts of Mavs fans because of his craftiness as a point guard.
Despite now being 39-years-old, Kidd has indicated that he hopes to play another year. Should the Mavs seek to bring their aging point guard back for another go around?
There are numerous factors to consider in this decision.
For one, the supreme hope for the Mavs this summer is to land Dallas-native Deron Williams. As all NBA fans know, D-Will is a top-tier point guard who would become the Mavs' floor general for years into the future.
If this hope becomes a reality, Kidd suddenly becomes expendable.
Or does he? This question leads us to another point.
Kidd has apparently indicated that he'd be fine in a backup role. Quite frankly, a backup role may be better suited for Kidd at this point, and perhaps he could even become a mentor-like teammate to D-Will. This could actually work out perfectly for Dallas.
However, the Mavs may want to leave playing time for youngster Rodrigue Beaubois. If Williams and Kidd are both snagging minutes in the Mavs' backcourt next season, where does Beaubois fit in?
Lastly, let's consider if the Mavs lose the D-Will sweepstakes and are forced to either bring back Kidd as their starter or look elsewhere.
How should they handle such a situation? Would they be wise to give Kidd the starting role for another season? Or, should they allow Beaubois to take over or look at a different option via free agency (i.e. Steve Nash)?
As you can see, there are lots of elements to this decision, and much is contingent upon if Williams comes to Big D.
But based on Kidd's age and waning skills, there's reason to argue that he should no longer be a starter. He'd be an ideal backup for a superstar point guard like Williams, but if D-Will doesn't come, perhaps it's time for the Mavs to bid farewell to Kidd.
A dream situation for Mavs fans is to see Williams arrive and bring another championship banner to Big D.
In this dream, do Mavs fans dream of Kidd still wearing a Dallas uni, or should the Kidd-era soon become a thing of the past?