Jason Kidd is now a New York Knick

Report: Jason Kidd bolts to the Knicks

7/5/12 in NBA   |   JoeKukura   |   491 respect

Blog Photo - Jason Kidd is now a New York KnickSuddenly in this NBA free agency season, aging and past-their-prime point guards are all the rage. After the Los Angeles Lakers rocked our July 4th holiday by trading for 38-year-old Steve Nash, the New York Knicks have swooped in and signed Jason Kidd from the Mavericks. Kidd will turn 40 this coming season, and he will do so as a Knick.

As early as this morning, numerous media outlets were reporting that Kidd was on the verge of signing a three-year deal to stay with the Mavericks and finish his career in Dallas. Now it appears he'll finish that career at Madison Square Garden.

ESPN's Marc Stein broke the news on Twitter Thursday afternoon, and quickly followed up with a full report on ESPN. Stein notes that the contract can't actually be signed until July 11, and that Kidd could still be sent to the Knicks via a sign-and-trade.

Does this mean that the Knicks are ready to part ways with last year's rookie phenom Jeremy Lin? Just the opposite.

Blog Photo - Jason Kidd is now a New York Knick"Mentoring Jeremy Lin is a big part of why the Knicks want Jason Kidd," said Marc Stein in an ESPN segment. "They're going to match any offer sheet that Jeremy Lin gets."

Lin has already received an offer from the Houston Rockets, for four years and $31 million. Dallas is also rumored to be interested in making an offer to Jeremy Lin.

The Knicks were still sore over losing out on Steve Nash, their original choice to be Lin's veteran mentor. But when Nash went to the Lakers, the Knicks went hard for Kidd and got him to reconsider his his intent to stay with the Mavericks.

Though he's a ten-time NBA All-Star, Kidd's production fell in his 20th NBA season. Last year he averaged just 6.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
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