Jason Kidd is bringing his game to Broadway.
Less than 24 hours after missing out on signing Steve Nash, the Knicks picked up the Dallas Mavericks' star point guard with a deal in the range of the three-year, $9-million contract that many thought he was ready to sign with the Mavs, according to ESPN.
Kidd, 39, a 10-time All-Star who played for the Nets from 2001 to 2008, immediately gives the Knicks a solid option at point guard following their failed attempt to acquire Nash, and some experts said his experience will be a big benefit for the team.
"He's an older guy with, perhaps, more clout than Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire," said Seth Rosenthal, a Knicks blogger at postingandtoasting.com.
Rosenthal added that he can "see the logic" behind the signing because Kidd will be able to mentor younger players such as breakout star Jeremy Lin, and he will help to rein in the egos of the team's other big names.
The Knicks increased their pursuit of Kidd after losing out on Nash, who decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers for a better shot at a championship and to stay near his family.
Kidd's deal comes as Lin reportedly accepted an offer from the Houston Rockets for $31 million on Thursday, which the Knicks are expected to match.
Losing Lin would be devastating to the team, experts said.
But with Kidd almost surely coming to the Knicks, some fans will face a different, unexpected dilemma: How can one cheer for an old enemy?
"As a Knicks fan, it's gonna be kind of weird to root for Jason Kidd," he said. "Having a longtime rival traded to your team is weird."
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