"Kobe, you know there's no way I'm letting you guys get Kidd, right?
Who knew that Mike D'Antoni was the type of guy that would ruin your chances with the hot girl you've been working all night at the club? Turns out that the Suns briefly entered the Jason Kidd trade talks, presumably to try to cockblock the Lakers' attempt to improve their team for the playoffs. From the New Jersey Star Ledger:
And remarkably, even the Phoenix Suns called Thorn yesterday, according to a Western Conference official who did not want to be identified because GMs don't comment publicly on other teams' operations. Ostensibly, the Suns are worried about Steve Nash's chronic back problem, and even though they don't have the kind of salaries it would take to land Kidd, they wanted to get involved -- even if it was only to keep him away from the Lakers.
I know Nash has been out recently (with a shoulder injury), but as far back as his days in Dallas he's had back issues, and it hasn't stopped him from winning back-to-back MVPs. As far as making a pre-emptive strike to stop the Lakers from improving, that's a pretty bold move on the Suns' part.
I'm not sure if messing with the chemistry of one of the league's best teams just to spite a Conference rival is the best way to get to the Finals. Especially when there's no guarantee that Kidd would even help the Lakers. The Triangle Offense is supposed to take two years for a player to fully comprehend, and it's not like Phil Jackson would change the team's philosophy to accommodate J-Kidd.
It doesn't appear that the Suns have the contracts to make things work in a deal for Kidd anyway, but to me it's very surprising that they even entertained the thought.