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NorthJersey.com: Jason Kidd wants to continue playing after his current contract expires in 2009 and wants it to be with the Nets. The latter could change if the Nets continue their lackluster play, though.

The two sides are far apart on an extension. Kidd, who will be 35 in March, is making $19.7 million this season and $21.37 million next season.

According to sources, Kidd wasn’t asking for a reported $24 million, but he also turned down a Nets’ offer that was much less than that.

“I don’t talk about contracts,” team president Rod Thorn said. “Anything we talk about with players is confidential as far as I’m concerned. I have no comment.”

Some said Kidd’s outburst in Utah two weeks ago when he criticized the team for “letting go of the rope,” had something to do with the Nets not meeting his demands. Kidd, however, denied, he was seeking an extension.

“I haven’t asked for anything,” Kidd said. “I don’t know. I have no answer. I haven’t asked for an extension.”

That doesn’t mean his agent, Jeff Schwartz, hasn’t.