By Craig Kwasniewski
The local media here in LA needs to calm the F down! The trade talk du jour has the New Jersey Nets sending Jason Kidd to the Lakers for
a bag of shit expiring contracts. I've never been a fan of trade speculation talk, it's time filler for lazy sportstalk radio hosts and it gives a bunch of idiot fans a chance to call in with their suggestions.
Anyway, here's four reasons why the Jason Kidd trade won't happen:
1. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak doesn't make midseason trades. The last time the Lakers franchise made a midseason trade was 1999 with the Glen Rice-Eddie Jones trade, back in the Jerry West era. Maybe the pressure of a trade deadline or simply thinking on his feet, but Kupchak is a no-show every February.
2. The Lakers are going for Kevin Garnett this summer. I read in a Sam Smith article that Garnett can opt out of his T-Wolves contract this summer. He's got a home in Malibu, his favorite team as a child is the Lakers and he'd make the perfect number two to Kobe. Garnett would guarantee title contention in LA for three years. Kidd's contract would lock up the Lakers through 2008-09 and kill the deal.
3. Nets GM Rod Thorn isn't retarded. Rod Thorn is one of the new decent GM's out there an he's very aware of Kidd's value to the Nets. Richard Jefferson alone owes 50% of his paycheck to Jason Kidd creating layups off the break. Unless Thorn gets an enticing offer (Brian Cook, Chris Mihm and a Grammy gift bag is not that!) this deal is dead.
4. The triangle offense doesn't allow for mid-season acquisitions. I keep hearing that Kidd is so good that he'll fit in the with the Lakers system, but isn't that what we heard with Gary Payton back in 2004? The triangle offense takes roughly two years to learn and it best fits spot shooters and slashers, neither of Kidd's specialties.
On Friday, Jason Kidd will still be with the New Jersey Nets.