Wouldn’t you like to have Jason Kidd as the Warriors backup to point guard Stephen Curry?
Sounds like a long shot on the surface. But it makes a lot of sense for several reasons.
* The Warriors need a certain type of backup. He needs to be a floor general. He needs to be OK with coming off the bench but ready to start in case … you know … something happens with point guard Stephen Curry.
* Jason Kidd is a future Hall of Famer who said he wants to play two more years. He said he is willing to be a backup before riding off into the sunset.
* The Warriors’ success hinges largely on Curry having a breakout year. Warriors GM Bob Myers basically said he wanted Mark Jackson to bring out the point guard in Curry. How helpful would it be to the face of the franchise to be mentored by Kidd? Kidd’s forgotten more info about the position than most PGs these days have ever known.
* The Warriors need veteran leadership pretty badly. Kidd is a winner with a ring and three Finals appearances on his resume. The team IQ would jump immensely just by having him in the locker room.
* Can you think of a more fitting end to his career than coming home? Kidd would be adored in the Bay Area, where he was raised and first emerged as a hoops legend.
* Kidd is a free agent at season’s end and may be available for cheap considering he’s playing for the love at this point.
Of course, there are some obstacles to the possibility.
First off, it presumes the Mavs land Deron Williams in free agency (or some comparable PG). Kidd is up there in age, but it would probably take someone special to unseat him.
Even if that happens, it would take some convincing on the Warriors’ end. Kidd has already said he’d be willing to back up Williams. And you gotta figure with Deron and Dirk Nowitzki, the Mavs would still be a pretty good team. And since Kidd already has a good thing going with Rick Carlisle, he probably would prefer the comfort and familiarity of Dallas.
But if somehow the Warriors want Kidd (gotta believe they’ll at least look into it this offseason) and can get him to buy into the new-look Warriors, the issue of salary comes up.
Unless they get waaaay under the cap with some miraculous maneuvering, Golden State would have to use an exception to sign Kidd. With a big need for bigs and potentially an upgrade at SF, it’s doubtful they’d use the MLE on Kidd. That leaves the vet minimum or a sign-and-trade. Maybe the bi-annual exception will be a possibility.
The Warriors likely won’t be willing to pay Nate Robinson what he can get on the open market. And they may not think Charles Jenkins is ready for such a big load yet. Going after Kidd would make a lot of sense. There are other options, but perhaps none would feel as right to the Bay as Kidd coming home.