New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin defends Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

Report: Jason Kidd wants to get paid or he will retire


Jason Kidd will be a 39-year-old free agent this summer, which is usually when a veteran takes a small paycheck (by NBA standards, anyway) to win a ring and just stay in the game.

Kidd isn’t playing by those rules, apparently. Here is the tweet from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated (hat tip to Ball Don’t Lie):

Hearing Jason Kidd isn’t interested in playing for a vets minimum or small exception. If he doesn’t get a mid-level type offer, he’ll quit.

That means about $5 million a year. Which will be too rich for Dallas’ blood (although they have their attention focused on Deron Williams anyway). Now, if I were trying to get as much money as I can out of a last contract, I’d say exactly what Kidd said in this situation. Even if I didn’t mean it.

Kidd had arguably the worst year of his career last year, with 6.2 points and 5.5 assists per game in just under 29 minutes a game. He had a PER of 13.1 — below the league average but not really out of line with a lot of backup point guards in the league. He has struggled shooting in the playoffs, going 4-18. But he is still a cagey guy with the ball in his hands, one who tests and probes defenses in a clever way, something that has a lot of value.

For teams, are you willing to spend $5 million on a veteran but slowed Kidd, or would you rather give those minutes to a young player you are trying to develop? Likely with a much cheaper contract.

Celtics ease to 124-91 win at Olimpia Milano in Global Games

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MILAN (AP) — The Boston Celtics eased to a 124-91 victory over Olimpia Milano at the Mediolanum Forum on Tuesday, comfortably winning the first of a double-header in Europe as part of the NBA Global Games.

Isaiah Thomas led the way for the Celtics with 18 points, including nine in his first seven minutes after coming off the bench midway through the first quarter.

Jared Sullinger added 14 points, as did Avery Bradley, who also had four three-pointers, while David Lee weighed in with 13 as well as seven rebounds and three assists.

Alessandro Gentile – who is reportedly wanted by the Houston Rockets, who hold NBA rights to the 22-year-old – top scored for Milano, with 19 points.

Next up for the Celtics is Real Madrid in Spain on Thursday.