The deal, which would bring guard Devin Harris and several other players, plus two first-round draft picks and cash, seems like a savvy move for the Nets, as commenters on NetsDaily and ESPN columnist John Hollinger suggest. Indeed, if the Nets are rebuilding, they have until at least 2011 (by my estimation) to prove it in Brooklyn.
In developer Forest City Ratner's "Atlantic Yards permanent campaign," a Kidd trade is a reminder that the players, as in sports, are ultimately fungible. Kidd was deployed to mouth bromides at an 8/23/06 press conference (at right, with teammate Vince Carter, principal owner Bruce Ratner, and Borough President Marty Markowitz) before the public hearing on the AY Draft Environmental Statement and similarly at the 1/18/07 Barclays naming rights extravaganza.
Kidd's much-publicized record of spousal abuse has nothing to do with his basketball skills, but still Ratner, in a 6/26/05 New York Times Magazine interview, went out of his way to puff the team:
The players are terrific. They are of good character. They are incredibly charitable. They are family-oriented. They have integrity.
Assuming Kidd departs, we'll see no more stories about his tempestuous divorce, his churchgoing, nor his image rehabilitation via Take a Net to School. No more Kidd posters selling season tickets at Brooklyn street fairs.
It'll be time to step up, Vince Carter.