Kidd interested in both Nets and Knicks

If the Knicks are able to sign Jason If the Knicks are able to sign Jason Kidd, it will be because he chose playing in New York over taking bigger money elsewhere. Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Come Sunday at 12:01 a.m., when NBA teams can begin contacting free agents, Jason Kidd could get two calls from the New York area.

There may be mutual interest between the 39-year-old point guard and both the Knicks and Nets.

When asked Monday what he finds attractive about the Knicks, Kidd spoke of having championship-caliber pieces such as Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire in place. He also called Tyson Chandler, with whom Kidd won a championship with the Mavericks, one of his favorite teammates.

"They've got a lot of studs," said Kidd, who was participating in the inaugural Big Daddy Oheka Castle Celebrity Golf Tournament in Huntington. "When you talk about Carmelo, Amar'e, they've got pieces that can help you win. So that helps."

The Knicks could have some salary-cap flexibility after an arbitrator ruled last week that Jeremy Lin, a restricted free agent, and Steve Novak will retain their "early Bird" rights. That ruling, which has been appealed by the NBA, enables the Knicks to use their midlevel and lower-level exceptions to sign other free agents such as Kidd.

"I haven't really talked to my agent," said Kidd, who is coming off a season in which he averaged career lows of 6.2 points and 5.5 assists with Dallas. "I'll talk to him this week to see what the deal is. But I think [the Knicks] have shown a little interest, from what I understand."

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If Kidd, an 18-year veteran who spent six seasons with the Nets, heads to Brooklyn, the Nets hope it will be in a backup role to free agent Deron Williams, whom they hope to re-sign. Williams reportedly has narrowed his list to the Nets, who can offer him the longest and most lucrative contract, and the Mavericks, his hometown team.

Kidd said he is willing to play behind Williams, whether it's for Brooklyn or Dallas.

"I think to be able to partner up with a young, talented point guard like that, to be his backup, makes my job easy," Kidd said of Williams, who averaged 21.0 points and 8.7 assists last season. "So for me to be a part of that and help him out as much as I can would be a great honor.

"He'll make a decision, hopefully soon, and then everything else will fall into place after that."

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