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Jason Kidd May Retire If Not Given A Big Enough Contract

Jason Kidd, after signing a three-year $25 million extension with the Dallas Mavericks in 2009, will be a free agent this summer.

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The market for a 39-year old point guard averaging 6.2 points, 5.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds on 36% shooting may not very high, which could mean that the 2012 playoffs are the last dance for the future Hall of Famer, if a report from Sports Illustrated writer Chris Mannix is accurate:

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Kidd was a vital part of the Mavericks title run in 2011, but he has increasingly shown his age in the lockout-compressed 2012 season and his inability to stay in front of the Thunder guards defensively is one of the main reasons Dallas is down 2-0.

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However, he was unquestionably one of the greatest PG's in the history of the NBA, and his ability to still be effective in his 19th season in the league is an incredible accomplishment in and of itself.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.