The New York Knicks Steal Jason Kidd But Should They Keep Jeremy Lin?
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Mavericks were going to sign Kidd to a three-year deal worth $9 million, but the All-Star decided he would rather head to New York. New contracts can’t be signed until July 11, but Kidd will likely become a Knick for a similar price.
This is a great move for the Knicks after they lost out on the Steve Nash sweepstakes. Instead of having to settle for a trigger-happy Raymond Felton or an inept defender in Ramon Sessions as their starting point guard, New York will get a leader who can help mentor Jeremy Lin and help Carmelo and Amar’e coexist.
Now, it remains to be seen if Jason Kidd will be able to mentor Lin since the young potential star has just signed a four-year offer sheet with the Houston Rockets. According to this report, Lin would receive a backloaded deal worth about $30 million. The Knicks would only be able to offer $24.5 million over four years, but since Lin is a restricted agent he would have to take that deal if the Knicks decide to match Houston’s offer.
If Lin stays in New York then it would be great a chance for him to learn how to play the point guard position from one of the best point guards in the history of the game in Jason Kidd. If Lin becomes a Rocket, however, then signing Kidd was still a great move though.
It was GM Glen Grunwald’s job to be well aware at the beginning of this free agency period that Lin might leave the Knicks if a team offered more money. Now, it is up to him and his staff to judge whether or not is worth it to sign Lin to a four-year deal or if New York should wait for another starting point guard to become available. If Grunwald chooses the latter option, then he will likely need to sign Sessions or Felton to come off the bench in the meantime since the Knicks would be lacking in depth at the 1 without Lin on the roster.
Neither Sessions nor Felton has the talent or basketball IQ to be the starter of a legitimate title contender, so Jason Kidd may be just a band-aid for the position of starting point guard, but that’s better than giving the position to a sub-par player ie Felton/Sessions who won’t be an instant leader on the team.