Jason Kidd to New York Knicks?
After looking earlier in the day as if Jason Kidd’s return to the Dallas Mavericks was only a formality, ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting a reversal in Kidd’s decision. According to Stein’s sources, Kidd will join the New York Knicks after speaking with both teams for most of the day.
The Mavericks were confident they would be able to retain Kidd. However, after the rough start to free agency for the team, the opportunity to help the Knicks rise in the Eastern Conference standings while helping to mentor Jeremy Lin were key factors for Kidd.
As is the case with all free agent signings, Kidd cannot officially sign his deal with the Knicks until July 11. Until such time as his signature is on the paper, the Knicks and Mavericks may look into the possibility of a sign-and-trade.
Now, the Knicks turn their attention to Jeremy Lin, who has spoken with the Houston Rockets. As of now, he does not have an offer, but New York has stated that they will more than likely match any offer he receives. They are also looking into the idea of bringing Raymond Felton into the mix.
In the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season—Kidd’s 19th season in the NBA—the sure-fire Hall of Fame point guard averaged career lows in points (6.2), assists (5.5) and rebounds (4.1).
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