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NETS: With San Antonio's wooing of Jason Kidd complete, New Jersey will get one final shot at keeping the biggest prize on the free-agent market.

When that will happen was uncertain Wednesday, but the clock was ticking on New Jersey.

Nets president Rod Thorn did not comment on contract talks with the perennial All-Star point guard. Kidd led New Jersey's transformation from also-ran to two-time defending Eastern Conference champion in just two seasons with the team.

Kidd seemingly wants his unrestricted free agency resolved as soon as possible. The earliest he can sign is Wednesday.

"Jason is going to try to make his decision by Monday," Jeff Schwartz, Kidd's agent, said in a statement.

HEAT: Alonzo Mourning has not ruled out returning, but the seven-time All-Star center said he will look elsewhere if the team is committed to a lengthy rebuilding project. Mourning was offered a contract Wednesday, and although he said there is a possibility of returning, he indicated that he and coach Pat Riley are headed in much different philosophical directions.

"I want to be here. But I understand Riles has to make the right decision for this franchise," Mourning said. "He's already explained to me that he has to rebuild, and I told him I want to win. That pretty much explains itself there."

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