Interesting article on what Los Angeles could be up to. Problem is… take it with a grain of salt. It IS Sam Smith:
Chicago Tribune: And the balance of power could rest with Jason Kidd.
Though both teams continue to deny it vehemently, a rival general manager said last week he’s still hearing talk of a Nets-Mavs deal involving Kidd.
It’s not hard to believe, with the Nets an ongoing mess. They had the most pathetic excuse of the year Saturday, complaining about fatigue after a loss to the Knicks in the second game of a back-to-back. They played Friday night at home, about 8 miles from Madison Square Garden. The Knicks had played in Chicago.
Kidd is said to be upset that Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson have better contracts than he does.
Dallas remains Kidd’s most likely destination, but the Lakers are frequently mentioned. The Lakers’ refusal to give up Bynum for Kidd last winter now looks awfully smart. The Lakers have Kwame Brown’s $9 million expiring contract and some young pieces and draft picks that might make sense for the Nets. And, the Mavs have plenty in reserve to make a deal as well.
…The Suns have been arguing on the court and on the bench, and there has been outspoken criticism of Boris Diaw, who seems a likely trade possibility. Ron Artest remains with a Sacramento team going nowhere and with an opt-out. He has long been on the Lakers’ radar. Maybe somebody latches onto Andre Miller for young players and cap relief from the rebuilding 76ers.
And so coming east again are the Lakers: harmonious, confident, controversy-free, playing well and with possibilities.