Speaking with Frank Isola of the Daily News, Jason Kidd left open the possibility that he could choose to retire at season’s end. After a blistering start to the season, Kidd has struggled for a large part of the season, while settling into mostly a backup role. Kidd’s deal with the Knicks was for 3-years, $9 million, so he’ll have some compelling motivation to return, but currently averaging just 6.6 points per game on 38% shooting, he may decide to call it quits on an illustrious and Hall-of-Fame career:
Kidd, however, is not ready to commit beyond this season. Although he signed a three-year contract with the Knicks last summer, he isn’t ruling out retirement at season’s end. Several people close to Kidd have said they wouldn’t be surprised if Kidd, now a backup for the first time in his Hall of Fame career, decides to walk away.
“I don’t know,” Kidd told the Daily News. “I’m taking it one year at a time.”
Some people have taken to it easier than others, but I’ve still found the experience of rooting for Jason Kidd to be profoundly weird.
That being said, I still suspect that despite his struggles the past couple months, Kidd is capable of helping the Knicks considerably during the postseason, perhaps knocking down a few key shots from deep. But I’d be sort of equally pleased if upon doing that he did decide to unburden them of the remainder of that contract. Obviously, it’s not a huge amount of money, but it’s hard to see how Kidd could really be helping this team in year three of the deal, unless they fit him with a suit and let him call out some plays.