July 1, 2010, can’t get here fast enough for most Heat fans. We have the better part of two months to wonder about who may be coming to don the black, red, and white. One thing I took away from what Heat President Pat Riley talked about to the media about is something I already know: Riles would rather do a trade or sign a free agent than take a chance on a Draft pick (maybe he should have traded the 2nd pick in 2008?). It seems our big splash free agent signing will be a power forward, such as Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer, or Amare Stoudamire. Other needs include upgrades at the point guard and center positions. I see Brendan Haywood as probably the best center available (if he wants out of Dallas). The point guard position seems rather thin in the free agent class and the draft. Here’s a crazy thought: What about Jason Kidd? I’m looking at the Mavs because after the way they just imploded, Mark Cuban may be willing to pull the plug on the whole thing (keep Dirk Nowitzki of course—if he can at this point) and turn it over to his backcourt in waiting—J.J. Barea and Rodrigue Beaubois.
I know what you’re thinking. 1) He’s in the twilight of his career, and we’re trying to build for the future AND 2) He’s under contract. Kidd is a little long in the tooth, but he is still more than serviceable because he appears to be in great shape, and he’s still one heck of a floor general. He’s also turned into a respectable spot up 3-point shooter, which would work well to keep the floor stretched for Dwyane Wade. As for his contract status, he’s got two years left (which is one more than I thought he had when I started writing this crazy post, but I still think he’s worth a look—if he’s available) on his current deal at about $ 8 million per season. The two remaining seasons almost scared me off, but my final reason for considering him warrants the risk. Here it is: other than Steve Nash, who definitely isn’t going anywhere, J-Kidd would be the ideal PG for Michael Beasley to play with. Keep in mind that Jason Kidd made an All-Star out of Kenyon Martin. Just a thought. What say you?