The New York Knicks' team president Donnie Walsh and free agent point guard Jason Kidd met yesterday to discuss the veteran player's future.
The Knicks have expressed interest in Kidd and he would provide that solid, ball handling point guard the Knicks need.
With questions floating around the Ricky Rubio situation and bad play down the stretch last season by Chris Duhon, Kidd would be that main point guard who could run the Mike D'Antoni system and get other players the ball in perfect times.
As tough as it is, this upcoming 2009 season for New York is truly just a building block for the free agent summer of 2010 where the big name players, such as LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh become free agents.
The Knicks are working themselves into getting under the salary cap and have made the team better by drafting power forward Jordan Hill and guard Toney Douglas, while acquiring center Darko Milicic in the Quentin Richardson trade.
New York is going to have to make sure that they have a productive and winning season this year, so Madison Square Garden looks attractive for these big free agents to play their home games in.
Yet, the bigger question may be, if the Knicks do acquire Jason Kidd this offseason, does his Hall of Fame resume attract the 2010 free agents to play in New York?
The truth is that Kidd is now 36 years old and may not be the best defensive player out on the market. But he took the New Jersey Nets to two NBA Finals and would provide tremendous leadership to this Knicks' squad.
The best part about Kidd's game is that he likes to run, and get up and down the floor at an up-temp style. Not only would that make D'Antoni happy, but that may also make players such as James and Bosh more interested in coming to the Knicks.
It is quite obvious that New York's No. 1 target in 2010 is James. Having a solid point guard who can get him the ball in space, will be more attractive than just having an average player or multiple players attempting to build chemistry with him. Just look at how much better he played this past season when Cleveland acquired an established, solid point guard in Mo Williams.
If the Knicks can land Kidd, his presence and outstanding skills as a point guard would attract the big name super stars to come to New York in 2010.
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