More NBA rumors – June 30. 2009

Knicks to meet with free agent point guard Jason Kidd on Wednesday

Warriors/Amare trouble-shooting: Try to get back 2011 pick and trade 2010 No. 1 to Suns?
Knicks to meet with free agent point guard Jason Kidd on Wednesday

Frank Isola – DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER

Jason Kidd plans to meet with Knicks officials Wednesday morning, opening day of the free agent recruiting period.

A league source told the Daily News Monday night that Kidd is scheduled to sit down with Knicks president Donnie Walsh and head coach Mike D’Antoni early Wednesday. Kidd said in January that he would strongly consider signing with the Knicks.

Kidd, who helped the Nets reach back-to-back NBA Finals before being traded to Dallas two years ago, is giving the Mavericks the first chance to re-sign him. The future Hall of Fame point guard will speak with Dallas officials before he talks to the Knicks. It is believed that Kidd also will talk to the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Knicks could sign Kidd to the mid-level exception or try to negotiate a sign-and-trade with Dallas. Since the Mavs traded Devin Harris two seasons ago for Kidd, Dallas figures to make a strong push to re-sign Kidd or at least get compensation for having mortgaged its future.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2009/06/30/2009-06-30_knicks_meeting_wednesday_with_free_agent_point_guard_former_net_jason_kidd.html


Warriors/Amare trouble-shooting: Try to get back 2011 pick and trade 2010 No. 1 to Suns?

Tim Kawakami

—I’ve heard a lot of different suggestions about how the Warriors could re-spark the talks with Phoenix about Amare Stoudemire, but nothing solid and nothing that seems to get over the big hurdle.

Phoenix wants Stephen Curry (in addition to Andris Biedrins, Brandan Wright and Marco Belinelli) and the Warriors won’t put Curry into the deal.

Phoenix also probably would take Anthony Randolph, and that is definitely not happening on the Warriors’ end.

So… Phoenix needs something to replace 2009 No. 1 pick Curry, something that has equal value but adds no more salary. Hmm. Let me think.

I do have an idea to add value to the Warriors deal that could possibly work, strictly plucked my own brain, not anything I’ve heard from any official sources. This is just me. You decide if it has any merit.

Follow my thinking:

-Finalizing a Stoudemire deal would be a whole lot easier if the Warriors could just add their 2010 No. 1 pick to the Suns package, but they can’t, because the league bans trading back-to-back No. 1 picks and the Warriors sent a conditional 2011 No. 1 to New Jersey last summer for Marcus Williams.

http://blogs.mercurynews.com/kawakami/2009/06/29/warriorsamare-trade-trouble-shooting-could-they-get-2011-conditional-pick-back-from-nj/

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