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NorthJersey.com: The sources said Kidd is upset that the Nets wouldn’t grant his recent wish for a $15 million contract extension. By not playing in this game, Kidd may have been trying to show management his value to the team.
A source confirmed that Kidd has requested a trade. A person with knowledge of the player’s thinking said he wouldn’t be opposed to going to Dallas, the Lakers or Cleveland.
Before a game in Utah last month, Kidd accused the Nets of “mentally letting go of the rope.” Kidd also said there was “no light at the end of the tunnel.”
In an ESPN article it discuses possible destinations for Kidd…
ESPN: 4. Where is Kidd going if the Nets do make him available at February’s trade deadline? Asked specifically about Cleveland and his well-known admiration for LeBron James, according to our man on the scene Chris Sheridan, Kidd told reporters Thursday that the Cavs are “not one of my destinations.”
The Lakers, meanwhile, would still have Lamar Odom as a third option alongside the tantalizing tandem of Kobe and Kidd had they been willing to part with Bynum last February. But they weren’t and would be a lot less willing to even mention Bynum now, with the Jersey-reared young big man starting to live up to his potential with averages of 10.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in just 26 minutes per game. So L.A. would likely need the involvement of at least one more team to have another shot at Kidd. You can likewise still debate how far up the West ladder L.A. would rise even if it somehow hatched a deal that delivered a core of Kobe, Kidd, Odom and Bynum. The Lakers, configured thusly, might still only be the West’s fourth-best team, behind San Antonio, Phoenix and Utah.
And here is even more from NetsDaily blog…
NetsDaily: ESPN’s Marc Stein says Nets owner Bruce Ratner wants Jason Kidd to stay and is prepared to give him the extension he wants. Stein also says the Nets may be looking for “one big move” to get them back in contention. He discusses possibilities, including trades of Kidd, Richard Jefferson…even a return by Keith Van Horn. But Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski thinks Kidd wants a trade more than an extension.