If there wasn't a lockout, we'd be through the bulk of free agency now and all of the Project Spurs staff would be having fun looking forward to the San Antonio Spurs roster going in to training camp. Several of us would also be paying 10 bucks to watch all of the Vegas Summer League Games online while Project Spurs Editor - Jeff Garcia - is watching them live in Vegas. Instead I was stuck trying to figure out what to write when my brother Evan said how about, "What if the Spurs would've signed Jason Kidd way back when?" Genius. Let's do it.
So it's Father's Day in 2003 when the Spurs defeat the Nets in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, thanks to Tim Duncan's near quadruple double and some nice play from David Robinson and on his way to crazy Stephen Jackson. It may have been the greatest night as a Spurs fan in the 25-40 age range because you saw the official passing of the torch from Robinson to Duncan. To top things off, the Spurs had a boat load of cap space go after a big name free agent, most notable Jason Kidd, the point guard they just beat in the Finals.
The Spurs went after J Kidd and went after him hard. They almost got him too. Kidd chose to stay in New Jersey, in part because his then wife was on her way to being a media starlet in New York and because, as he told the Dallas Morning News in 2009, he wanted to try to win a title on his own as the number one guy.
In that same interview, Kidd admitted he made the wrong decision, adding he'd probably have at least a couple of rings by then. You're right, Jason, you definitely would've had a couple more rings, probably three. In fact, I'd argue the Spurs would've won the NBA title the next two seasons. Here's what Kidd's numbers looked like in 2003-2004 and 2004-2005: