Reports: Jason Kidd agrees to deal with Knicks
Jason Kidd is Broadway- bound.
Switching gears less than 24 hours after seeing Steve Nash agree to a sign-and-trade deal with the Lakers, the Knicks came to terms with Kidd on Thursday, according to reports. ESPN reported the deal is in the neighborhood of the three-year, $9-million pact many thought the 10-time All-Star point guard seemingly had agreed upon to return to Dallas once the Mavericks' pursuit of Deron Williams fell short.
"I think I can help," Kidd told ESPN, adding that he believes the Knicks have more "pieces to work with."
Kidd, 39, immediately gives the Knicks a solid option at point guard after their failed attempt to acquire Nash. He's a veteran leader and already has won a championship with Knicks center Tyson Chandler in 2010-11, when the two played for the Mavericks.
Kidd could be just what the Knicks need to mesh their Big Three of Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire and Chandler. He should command his teammates' respect and is known for having a knack for getting everyone involved. That will help the Knicks' ball movement and keep everyone from standing around and watching Anthony go one-on-one.
Now the Knicks would like to re-sign Jeremy Lin and have Kidd -- a former Net whose family still lives in New Jersey -- mentor him.
Lin and the Rockets reportedly agreed to terms on a three-year offer sheet with a team option for a fourth year Thursday. Lin would earn $5 million in the first year, $5.2 million in the second and $9.3 million in each of the final two seasons. Because he is a restricted free agent, the Knicks have the right to match it.
In a perfect scenario, the Knicks probably would prefer to acquire Kidd in a sign-and-trade with Dallas so they could use their mini-midlevel exception on other potential free- agent targets such as Marcus Camby or Rashard Lewis.
Although Kidd's deal won't be official until after Wednesday, when the NBA's moratorium on player transactions is lifted, it represents a stunning reversal of fortunes for the Knicks. It comes not long after Nash spurned the Knicks, Mavericks and Raptors -- who offered him a three-year, $36-million contract -- and elected to take less money to chase a championship with the Lakers and be closer to his three children.
After Nash made that decision, the Knicks increased their pursuit of Kidd as well as former Knick Raymond Felton. Indications late Wednesday were that Kidd to the Knicks still was a possibility, but a report from Dallas said the Mavericks were closing in on a deal to re-sign him after losing out on Nash and Williams.
Kidd, who went to the NBA Finals twice during his seven-year stint with the Nets, spent the past five seasons with the Mavs, winning his first NBA title. But he posted some of his worst numbers as a pro last season, averaging 6.2 points, 5.5 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 28.7 minutes, all career lows. For his career, he's averaged 13.0 points, 9.0 assists and 6.4 rebounds.
Kidd is second on the NBA's career assists lists with 11,842.
The Knicks still have plans to re-sign J.R. Smith for one year at $2.8 million and would like to bring back Steve Novak.
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