Despite leaving Dallas to play for the New York Knicks this offseason, Jason Kidd is one player whose jersey Mavs general manager Donnie Nelson said he’d like to see hanging one day from the rafters of the teams home at the United Airlines Arena, according to Dwain Price of The Star-Telegram:
“Jason [Kidd] will be missed and he is appreciated beyond words. And at some point we’re hoping to get that old number retired in the rafters.”
Nelson also said that he’d like to see the Mavs retire the jersey for the Boston Celtics’ Jason Terry, who Nelson called, “one of the all-time best fourth quarter performers in the history of the Mavericks.”
Although Kidd was selected by the Mavericks second overall in the 1994 NBA Draft, he went on to have arguably his best years with the New Jersey Nets, being named an All-Star every season he was with the team except for 2005 and 2006. He also led the Nets to two NBA Finals appearances including the franchise’s first in a 2002 loss to Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and the Los Angeles Lakers. He finally won a championship though in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks. Kidd signed a three-year, $9 million deal with the Knicks this offseason.
Terry spent the early part of his career with the Hawks but came into his own when he signed a six-year deal with the Mavs in 2006. Three years later, he went on to win the 2009 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, averaging 19.6 points off the bench. He was also on the 2011 championship Mavs team with Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki. In this current offseason, Terry decided to leave Dallas as a free agent and signed with the Boston Celtics on a three-year deal worth $15.6 million.