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Jason Kidd: I won't influence Deron Williams

DALLAS – Don’t count on Jason Kidd to help recruit Deron Williams to Dallas.

Kidd wouldn’t mind backing up Williams next season, but he doesn’t plan on trying to steer the All-Star point guard to any particular team.

“I won’t have any influence on D-Will’s decision,” Kidd said during Sunday’s exit interviews at the American Airlines Center. “I only joke because we have the same agent and we’ll probably play a lot of golf this summer together, and so [there is] a lot of speculation. But he’s his own man and he’s going to make the right decision for what fits best for him to try to win a championship.”

Kidd will also have a decision to make as a free agent, so as he pointed out, he’s in no position to be a recruiter.

“I’m a free agent, so who am I recruiting?” Kidd said. “No, I will help whatever it takes to recruit, but I’ve got to find a home first.”

Dirk Nowitzki didn’t plan on being eliminated from the playoffs so quickly, so the Mavs' superstar doesn’t have a recruiting pitch for Williams prepared. Nowitzki joked that signing with the Mavs would allow Williams, a Rangers fan, to see his favorite baseball team much more often.

How about what the Mavs have to offer?

“It’s obviously way too early,” Nowitzki said. “It’s May and he knows he’s got a big decision to make. It’s obvious that we’d love to have him, but so would a lot of other teams, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens there this summer.

“I was fortunate enough to spend some time around him during All-Star games. He’s a great dude and he’s from here, so I think it would be a great fit, but hey, that’s not my decision.”

Shawn Marion kept his recruiting pitch for Williams, a native of nearby The Colony, short and sweet: “Get yo’ ass home. Home is where the heart is.”