Jason Kidd Now a No-Brainer for the New York Knicks

TJ Nagy@@tj_nagyAnalyst IIIJune 24, 2012

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 06:  Jason Kidd #2 of the Dallas Mavericks dribbles the ball against Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks at American Airlines Center on March 6, 2012 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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With the New York Knicks succeeding in their early Bird Rights appeal earlier in the week, it's safe to say that the NBA offseason has officially kicked off in the Big Apple. 

Knicks fans can breathe easy again now that Jeremy Lin is all but guaranteed to return to New York. The question now is whether or not the Knicks can swoop in and nab one of two future Hall of Fame veteran point guards this offseason.

First, there's Steve Nash. The former two-time MVP has done it all over the years besides win a ring, and he's looking for one before his storied career finally comes to a close.

Is New York a good fit for him? Sure. Will he accept $3 million to play there? Not likely. Especially if a team like Miami can offer him the same deal, or better. 

Yes, even with all this coveted cap space this offseason, Nash is a long shot at how best to come to New York.

As for Jason Kidd, the Knicks should have called his agent as soon as the Bird Rights decision was in. He's the kind of leader that the Knicks need, and he's the kind of mentor that Lin deserves.

Let's be honest. Lin needs a mentor, not a competitor, which is exactly what Nash will be as soon as he puts on a Knicks jersey. And even the most casual NBA fan can tell you that Jeremy Lin ain't no Steve Nash.

If the Knicks really see Lin as the future of their franchise, then Kidd is by far the best choice for New York. Kidd is willing to take a back seat and teach the young point guard how to be great, and if you really can get an opportunity to get a quality veteran like Kidd on your team for cheap, you go all in. 

Plus, he's a champion, he's played with Knicks center Tyson Chandler and he knows what it's like to win as the face of a franchise. 

As for his age? Well, that's just the risk you take every single year in this league, especially when you have three guys sucking up a substantial amount of your payroll. But if he can give the Knicks even one solid year, then count that as a success.

Still, Jason Kidd is one of the biggest missing pieces for this young, dysfunctional Knicks team as a leader, a player and a teacher.

I see no reason why the Knicks shouldn't be knocking on his door right now and telling him to join the Linsanity.