June 26 – Late Night Rumor Update

Kidd Done in Dallas?

Curry pick part of likely Amare deal

Kidd Done in Dallas?

JAN HUBBARD – star-telegram.com

The 2009 NBA Draft was their first attempt to rebuild their assets. It should be noted that anyone who believes Rodrigue Beaubois from Cholet in France is the final card of a winning hand at the final table likely believes that a poker championship is winnable with a pair of twos.

When the Mavericks traded for Jason Kidd 16 months ago, their stated goal was to win a championship. They didn’t. The gamble failed. Now they have to move on.

One direction they should avoid is re-signing Kidd, who will be a free agent. If people close to Kidd are to be believed, he doesn’t want to come back to Dallas, either.

Kidd wants to win a championship and at age 36, he’s no longer a franchise player. He’s still very good and he did a nice job for the Mavericks last season. But he’s not the key player to winning a title, and you can be sure he knows that.

So it only makes sense for him to go to a team that, perhaps, has a franchise player and dominant center. LeBron, Shaq and JKidd?

If Kidd is not back, the obvious question is what can the Mavericks do to continue to be competitive at a playoff level in the Western Conference?

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Curry pick part of likely Amare deal

Paul Coro – The Arizona Republic

The Suns could have landed their man in Thursday night’s draft before their pick ever came up.

Golden State’s selection of Davidson point guard Stephen Curry at No. 7 was likely made for the Suns as part of an Amaré Stoudemire trade that can’t be completed until Wednesday. That is because Phoenix would be acquiring Warriors center Andris Biedrins, a base-year compensation player, as part of a Stoudemire deal that would include more Warriors players, possibly power forward Brandan Wright and/or shooting guard Marco Belinelli.

The Suns were hoping they could land Curry or Arizona power forward Jordan Hill with the Warriors’ seventh pick but had their choice after Minnesota took neither with its fifth and sixth picks.

Curry, the 21-year-old, 6-foot-3 son of former NBA 16-year shooter Dell Curry, is a tremendous shooter with a variety of ways to score who also has shown court vision and passing instincts despite playing with teammates far from his level.

Whatever the package, the Suns would also probably accomplish some payroll and luxury tax savings for the coming year because Biedrins is slated to make $9 million in the coming season and Stoudemire will be at $16.4 million.


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