The New York Knicks may be out of the Steve Nash Sweepstakes, but there's still hope that the team will be able to bring in another veteran point guard in Jason Kidd. According to Ric Bucher, the 39-year-old point guard has narrowed down his choices to returning to the Dallas Mavericks or signing with the New York Knicks.
While it may seem like a beacon of hope that this offseason hasn't been a total waste for the Knicks, the addition of Kidd isn't even close to being on the same level as if they had landed Nash.
In Nash, the Knicks would have brought on a point guard that is still able to run the offense and could have reigned in both Carmelo Anthony and Amare' Stoudemire to give them one of the most potent offenses in the NBA. However, in Kidd they are getting a decent shooter that can fill out their rotation.
The offseason has been brutal for the Knicks. Highlighted by losing Landry Fields to the Raptors, losing J.R. Smith to free agency, failing to acquire anyone of relevance and dangling promising young guard Iman Shumpert for Steve Nash only to watch the Lakers scoop him up with a package of draft picks, it's safe to say that things haven't gone according to plan.
In Kidd, the Knicks aren't getting any of the marquee names they set out after and they shouldn't expect him to produce like one. In recent seasons Kidd has been reduced to shell of what he once was. In 2012, Kidd set career lows in minuter per game (28.7), points per game (6.2) and most importantly, assists per game (5.5).
Kidd may be able to bring a veteran presence to the Knicks and he can still defend at a fairly high level (his steals have remained steady for the past three seasons), but he is by no means the kind of player that will transform this team like Nash could have.
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