Jason Kidd helped convince Kevin Garnett to waive his no-trade clause with the Boston Celtics.
“He’s a man of few words, but when he does say something, everyone listens,” Kidd said of Garnett. “My thing, my pitch was to have an opportunity to win a championship again and being able to not just win a championship, but teach these guys what it takes to win.”
Kidd’s pitch was enough for Garnett to OK the trade that sent him to Brooklyn.
Billy King said he hasn’t had any second thoughts about his decision to hire Kidd.
“I think [Kidd] was ideal for this job,” King said. “I think he was crucial in helping us get [Garnett] to waive the no-trade, so I think he was the ideal candidate. I wouldn’t look back and regret any decision made in hiring him.
“I just know in helping recruit the guys on board, it really helped. ... He made a lot of phone calls to some of the free agents and key guys that helped solidify it.”