Jason Kidd Will Join New York Knicks Instead of Dallas Mavericks
What more can happen to the Dallas Mavericks during this free agency period?
According to ESPN's Marc Stein, point guard Jason Kidd will not be signing the reported three-year, $9 million contract that Dallas had offered him, but will instead join the New York Knicks this upcoming season.
Late last night, ESPN Dallas' Jeff Caplan had reported that Kidd was on the verge of signing the proposed new deal with the Mavericks and that he would more than likely finish his career in Dallas as he would enter his 20th season.
However, according to the story from Stein, it appears that Kidd will now sign with the Knicks and will have the chance to mentor Jeremy Lin, should the Knicks match the offer for the international sensation, which has been reported that they will.
For the Knicks, they got the guy they've been coveting for the last couple of years. Although he won't get as much playing time as he used to, he'll be the veteran, championship presence—along with teammate Tyson Chandler—who could help New York get over the hump.
As for Dallas? Three strikes, and they're out.
First it was Deron Williams, then Steve Nash and now their championship point guard who was traded back to the Mavs in 2008. Dallas hasn't been able to catch a break this free agency period, and it'll be interesting to see what kind of moves it can pull to raise its grade of "F" to at least a "D-."
At this point, anyone who Dallas can bring in for any amount of money would work, because it is desperately on the outside looking in if it can't make some noise and make it soon.
Don't be surprised to see Dallas overpay for any available player. It needs someone to make an impact, and make it fast.
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