Nets Rumors & News
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It’s been reported for weeks now that the LA Lakers are aggressively trying to acquire Jason Kidd from the New Jersey Nets. The Lakers believe they would have a Championship-caliber starting five with Kidd and Kobe Bryant, and Andrew Bynum and Lamar Odom in the frontcourt. Problem is, the Nets want second-year center and NJ-native Bynum included in any package for Kidd. The Bergen Record reports that at the very least the Nets will demand that Lamar Odom be included in the deal. It’s unlikely that the Nets will accept LA’s offer of injured center Kwame Brown, rookie Jordan Farmar, the expiring pacts of Chris Mihm and Aaron McKie, and draft picks.

For his part, Kidd doesn’t seem particularly broken up at the prospect of moving to Los Angeles. Says Kidd, “If I’m traded to who everybody’s speculating, you know, I think that could work out.”

Less thrilled with the idea of Kidd in purple and gold are the Phoenix Suns. The Bergen Record reports that the Suns have even attempted to block the trade from going through by making an offer of their own. Reportedly, their package includes Kurt Thomas, Raja Bell, and the Atlanta Hawk’s first-round pick (acquired in the Joe Johnson trade). Thomas and Bell are certainly not enough to get a deal done, however the Nets could find that draft pick quite enticing. Atlanta is among the worst teams in the league, and figures to be one of several teams with the chance to draft Ohio State’s Greg Oden with the first overall pick.

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