THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jason Kidd says he wants to be traded from the slumping New Jersey Nets.
"We tried to make this work. We’ve found out it doesn’t," Kidd told ESPN The Magazine on Monday. "It’s time for us all to move on."
The Nets, losers of nine in a row, were scheduled to play the Milwaukee Bucks at home Tuesday night. Kidd attended the team’s morning shootaround but did not talk to reporters.
Nets president Rod Thorn did not immediately return a phone message Tuesday.
Trade speculation has followed Kidd since last February when the Nets reportedly were close to making a deal that would have sent him to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Last month, Kidd sat out a game against the New York Knicks with a migraine, a move suspected by some to be a one-day walkout to try and force a trade or new contract.
At a news conference, Kidd denied those were his motives, saying, "I am having one of my best seasons — why would I want to be asked to be traded? And as a team, we are doing better than last year."
New Jersey was 9-10 at the time. Since then, the team has dropped 16-of-25 games to fall to 18-26.
Kidd is under contract through the end of next season and will make US$19.7 million this year and $21.3 million next year.
The Nets’ lacklustre play and Kidd’s apparent dissatisfaction haven’t stopped him from steadily moving up the NBA’s all-time records lists.
He leads the league in triple-doubles this season with 11 and has 98 for his career, third behind Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson. He passed Johnson for fourth place on the career list for rebounds by a guard earlier this month, and also became the sixth player to reach 9,000 assists.
Kidd was acquired from Phoenix in 2001 and led the Nets to the NBA final in 2002 and 2003.