Rumor: Warriors Interested in Jason Kidd and Nets Like Troy Murphy

From Al Iannazzone of the North Jersey Media Group:

Kidd, on the other hand, is playing terrifically. But he'll be 34 in March and makes $59 million through the 2008-09 season. Still, you can't discount Dallas or Golden State being interested (Kidd is from the Bay Area). The Nets like Sparta's Troy Murphy, the Warriors big man.

Jason Kidd would no doubt be an interesting addition to this Warriors squad. JKidd would help sell some more tickets too. He fits very well into Nellie's style of play and would dramatically improve the Warriors effectiveness in half court sets. Kidd is sure-fire hall of famer who is still playing at a high level. He's the closest thing this league has to a player averaging a triple double (currently 13.3 ppg, 9.2apg, and 8.2 rpg). Take a look at his numbers and you'll notice a strange thing- he's arguably having his best season in 4 years. Jason would help this team in several areas where they are weak: rebounding, passing, ball handling, hoops IQ, and defense.

As far as the Nets being interested in TMurph, again I'll believe it when I see it. I'm sure there are plenty of teams that value Murphy and what he brings on the court (Warrior fans and Nellie probably severely underrate him), but not at that ridiculous price Mully and Higgy inked him to. If any GM wanted Troy Murphy on their team, they easily could have brought him over by now. The Warriors have been practically hanging him out to dry on the trade market for over a year. Troy is currently averaging 8.8 ppg and 6.0 rpg, which are career worsts aside from his rookie season. His value has never been lower on the trade market. Other teams are going to think- if this jump-shooting, perimeter-oriented big man couldn't work out for Nellie, how could he possibly work out for us?

Do you think Baron Davis and Jason Kidd could both play at a high level together? Do you think Troy Murphy will be a Warrior past the February 22nd trading deadline?

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