After their pursuit of Steve Nash failed, the Knicks quickly went after another veteran point guard, Jason Kidd. Kidd has had a hall of fame type career with the Nets and the Mavericks as he is second on the all-time assists list. But Like most 39-year-olds, Kidd's best basketball days are well behind him, and he won't be much more than a contributor off the bench.
It is hard to say that Kidd is a solid consolation prize for the Knicks. While Steve Nash is also getting closer to the end of his career, the difference is that he still has the capability to put up decent numbers, as he averaged about 12 points and ten assists per night last year, while Kidd only averaged six points and five assists.
Nash can make a difference, while Kidd can't be much more than a mentor. Getting Kidd instead of Nash isn't a consolation prize, it's like getting pretzels on Halloween when you're expecting candy.
The Knicks have made a habit of signing players well past their prime. Tracy McGrady, Steve Francis and Mike Bibby all made the trip to New York City after their hay day and proved to be no help to the Knicks whatsoever.
While its cute to buy Jeremy Lin a mentor, throwing three million dollars at someone who will barely play for the next three years isn't and has never been a smart option.
A smarter move for the Knicks would have been to invest that money in a point guard who can actually develop into a key player. The Knicks have tried the tactic of signing veterans and it clearly has not worked.
When Nash signed with Los Angeles, Raymond Felton was literally the perfect option for the Knicks; he's played in New York and can bring out the best in Amar'e. Instead, the Knicks decided to put all their marbles on Linsanity.
It is definitely possible that it all works out well for the Knicks. In a perfect world, Kidd will be able to help Lin evolve from a turnover machine to a star point guard. Lin can average 12 points and ten assists a night, while Kidd can come off the bench and chip in four or five dimes himself.
It can all definitely work out, but signing Felton or another younger guard would have been a much safer option.
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