It appears Jason Kidd is finally tired of losing with the New Jersey Nets.
One day after a report surfaced that Kidd has asked New Jersey to trade him, the Nets hope to avoid their first 10-game skid in nearly eight years on Tuesday when they return home from a six-game road trip to meet the Milwaukee Bucks.
New Jersey's latest slump has sparked rumors of a trade involving Kidd, who attended the team's morning shootaround Tuesday but did not talk to reporters.
"We tried to make this work. We've found out it doesn't," Kidd told ESPN The Magazine on Monday. "It's time for us all to move on."
Last month, Kidd sat out a game against the New York Knicks with a migraine, a move suspected by some to be a one-day walkout to try and force a trade or new contract.
At a news conference, Kidd denied those were his motives, saying, "I am having one of my best seasons - why would I want to be asked to be traded? And as a team, we are doing better than last year."
New Jersey, though, hasn't played well of late, and just when it looked like the Nets were about to end their losing streak, they found a way to reach a new low - falling to the NBA's worst team on Sunday.
The Nets (18-26) led Minnesota by 15 points with 10 minutes left, and even held a seven-point advantage with just 1:15 remaining. But they still lost to the lowly Timberwolves 98-95, dropping nine straight for the first time since November 2004.
New Jersey led for almost the entire game, getting 35 points from Richard Jefferson and 25 from Vince Carter, but again stumbled at the end, suffering its third loss by three points or fewer in the last six games.
"This is how it goes when things are going bad," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "You lose games that you are in control that you should win. But, you have to kind of break through the karma and just keep on fighting, keep your head up."
Sunday's game ended a streak of six straight where the Nets had allowed at least 100 points. They're giving up 108.8 points during the skid, the first three games of which took place at the Izod Center.
The Nets last lost 10 in a row during an 11-game slide to end the 1999-2000 season.
Kidd has performed especially well against Milwaukee (18-27) in recent games, with at least 10 assists and three triple-doubles in the last six meetings. The Nets have won six of seven against the Bucks, including a 97-95 road victory in their first meeting this season - a game in which Bucks guard Michael Redd had 35 points.
Milwaukee has won two of three, including a 105-102 overtime victory over Washington on Sunday, but the Bucks have lost their last five road games and are just 5-20 away from home this season.
They beat the Wizards despite missing Redd, their leading scorer with 23.0 points per game, because of a left knee strain. The Bucks blew an 11-point lead in the final two minutes of regulation, but Mo Williams made two 3-pointers in overtime and led Milwaukee with 25 points.
"We talked during the timeout prior to the overtime that it was one of those defining moments where whatever you could do to muster up some energy and courage was needed," Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak said.
But the Bucks have often stumbled on the road this season, and their last road game at Toronto on Friday was no exception. They lost 106-75, and are allowing an average of 108.4 points during their five-game road skid.
The Nets, however, are just 9-14 at home this season, the third-worst home record in the Eastern Conference.
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