Thursday, July 5th, 2012 at 4:46 pm  |  60 responses

Knicks Will Reportedly Sign Jason Kidd to Multi-Year Deal

Though Steve Nash chose sunny Los Angeles, the Knicks still managed to sign a veteran point guard—a dude you might’ve heard of named Jason Kidd. According to ESPN, the Knicks will sign Kidd to a multi-year deal after the pg declined to accept a three-year deal offered by the Mavericks: “With the Mavericks confident that they were closing in Thursday on a verbal agreement on a three-year deal with Kidd worth $9 million, sources told ESPN.com that Kidd — after all-day deliberations with both teams — has decided instead to leave Dallas to join the Knicks for a similar deal. The contract can’t actually be signed until July 11, which is the first day new NBA contracts can be signed. It’s also possible, one source said, that Kidd could ultimately move to the Knicks in a sign-and-trade deal. Sources briefed on the matter told ESPN.com that Kidd was ultimately swayed to take the Knicks’ offer to come to New York and take on the challenge of trying to help the Knicks move into the Eastern Conference and also mentor fans darling’ Jeremy Lin.”

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  • O

    Not sure how I feel about this to be honest. Kidd doesn’t get into the paint like he used to and relies more on his 3′s than ever. Plus 3 years too?! Should’ve been two years, tops. Should be a good mentor for Lin should Lin dead the Rockets though…

  • MVPITZKI!!!!

    What is going on with the Mavs during free agency, we have basically lost 4 point guards (Deron, Nash, Terry(maybe SG), and Kidd). I guess our only ANSWER we have left is IVERSON

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    he is 39. 39! so they might pay him like 3 mil a year until he is 42. crazy. and toronto just got lowry for some picks…

  • Hart

    ^ lol. Iverson to the Mavs!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    And the crazy offseason gets crazier.

  • Sundance

    Mavs forever alone

  • TheWhiteMarkPrice

    They would be better off signing Felton. Who’s gonna split the minutes w Kidd should Lin sign with Houston?

  • LA Huey

    If they keep Lin, Kidd would be a great mentor

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I like Kidd in spot minutes for them. At least he will get cats to their spots.
    Bet Mark Cuban is shocked though.

  • itzplayz

    hahaha even ramon sessions denied Mavs… wth is going on over there lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com Keep It Real

    Knicks are a running joke…. I feel bad for melo

  • MVPITZKI!!!!

    IVERSON’S epic comeback is upon us

  • T-Money

    what are the knicks doing? what’s the plan? kidd was 6-6-4 in 28 minutes on 36% (!) shooting last year.

  • Ill Smith

    Knicks knew they needed a decorated PG to come in & run this circus. Melo ain’t listening to Ray Felton, but him & Amare’s respect for Kidd goes back to the Olympics. Dare I say Knicks made a……good move?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I love it! He will be a great jedi master to Lin’s padawan. I also like that Lin gets to keep his starting gig.

  • cball

    Lin will not be back in new york. lowry is gone and goran dragic will be shipped off. lin will be a rocket. sorry knicks fan but you will have to rely on a unathletic slow unexciting 40 year old who said when they won the championship that he would retire in 2 years and one has passed say goodbye to the knicks for atleast 10-12 years. hahhahahhaha. oh yeah landry fields is gone too

  • Fresh Boirdee

    And then there was Dirk.

  • http://slamonline.com 19821982

    I literally just tripped over a chair when I walked by my monitor and saw this headline.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    ALLEN IVERSON on the MAVS. Mark Cuban is the one person that has the balls to sign this man, its a guy who has been real his whole life just like him and he probably understands AI sign him bring him off the bench he will prove people wrong.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Look people, it’s over for Iverson. Three years out of the League is too many. He’s done. I loved his career and was a huge fan, check my blogs on here, but it’s over. Let it go.

  • LA Huey

    cball, you do know the Knicks have the right to match any offer to Lin. It’s just a matter of them accepting the luxury tax ramifications. And Dolan has proven more often than not, salary cap management is a low on his priorities.

  • Heals

    So what did they mean by “close” to re-signing with Dal. I guess “close” as in not at all…

  • MikeC.

    @cball – ESPN is reporting that Knicks have matched the Rockets’ offer to Lin. So Lin will stay and be backed up by Kidd. If Lin learns that he’s allowed to dribble with his left hand, then NY’s PG rotation is pretty solid.
    As for Landry Fields leaving, Raptors are free to pay him 3 times what he’s worth. Please NY, don’t match the Fields contract.

  • ish

    lol. 3 years out the league, means three less years of wear and tear of a 82+ game sched. hell how many years did grant miss and he is doin just fine and is older. put that in ur pipe an smoke it, hater

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    ESPN isn’t reporting that. Stein said they will, once Lin agrees. Lin amazingly enough, wants more money though, although he probably won’t actually turn this offer down.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Knicks need to get Raymond Felton back and forget about Lin-one hit wonder. Knicks getting Jason Kidd helps calm down the Knicks offense and maybe Kidd’s veteran leadership can help Melo from his ball hogging issues at times. BOOK IT!!

  • MikeC.

    @ish – Patrick Ewing has been out of the league for 12 years, avoiding all that wear and tear too. Sign him up!

  • MikeC.

    @nbk – my bad, saw the Stein post on Twitter, jumped to the ESPN conclusion since he works for them.

  • O

    Lin wants more paper and is waiting to see just how desperate Dallas is to sign a PG. Lin ain’t a 30+ mil player, b. Whether they let Lin go or sign him back at a ridiculous amount, the Knicks can’t win.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Mavs are done. Nobody available besides Howard makes them even a playoff team.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    all good, Mike, the Knicks will sign Lin regardless of what happens. His situation is a lot like it was with Melo, Dolan sees dollar signs, and will do anything to get/keep him. All i’ve been hearing all off-season is that New York will and always would have regardless of who they winded up with (be it Nash or whoever) matched any offer for Jeremy Lin.
    .- And idk if people don’t understand, but Lin can’t be offered too much money, his salary can’t start higher than the player average salary ($5.3M) and no team can offer more to Lin than the Knicks can.

  • Jono

    Sucks for Dirk. Oh well, at least you still get $20m a year to sit on private jets and play basketball in front of thousands who adore you.

  • LA Huey

    Not just for Lin, Kidd should help Melo. Kidd seems to have lots of respect from superstars across this league.

  • jinolin

    Sounds like a good move, now on to that Amare trade.

  • Bernie

    Death to the mavs! Least favorite team in the nba falling apart. It’s a good day

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    NICE ! One more person willing to play defence. .. -_-

  • MikeC.

    @ nbk – ESPN is on it now. Bucher’s article(I think it was Bucher, I’m too excited imagining a veteran presence off the bench to keep details straight) just went up. At least it’s not Chad Ford estimating Lin’s upside potential.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Yeah this is a good pick up.

  • wet

    I wish kidd would take the min in Miami. He’d be the best point gaurd for that system. Just dreaming though.

  • jufu

    no…screw the knicks

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    19821982 – Is that more to do with how outlandish this signing looks?? Or Moreso your prescription glasses need updating??? O_o

    Thats what is known as a ‘burn on you’…

  • RunNGun

    Make it happen, Dolan.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    MikeC with the double over time FTW dagger…! You Know WE DON’T HAVE AN OFF-SEASON ON THE SLAM THREADS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So will the Mavs bring Alln Iverson in or someone else…
    You know this was Mark Cubans way of clearing that starting pg spot for Ruddy Beabouisiousoeasx

  • djb

    @allenp AI has been out of the nba for 2 yrs (2 whole seasons). not sure where you got three yrs from. mavs along with a few more teams should absolutely sign AI because he can still play. anybody with basketball sense knows that to be factual. AI just needs an owner/gm with some balls to offer him a contract because theyre going to take a lot of flack. I would take AI over most players 34 or older since he hasnt amassed the wear and tear of a rigorous 82-game season unlike players who have played the last 2 seasons. physically AI is still 34/35. hes healthy, fit and most importantly hungry as h*** – theres no good reason why a team shouldnt sign him. I`d take AI over players like: 36/37 ray allen (whose coming off of ankle surgery), 36/37 billups (whose coming off of acl or mcl tear), roy (whose degenerating knees makes him too risky imo) and 39 kidd (who hinders his team offensively more than he helps with all his other intangibles).

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    Please bring Ivo back…….

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  • Waggle

    So many available pgs better than Kidd imo..Kyle lowry who was just traded for ex

  • Waggle

    And Felton!! Way better than Kidd’s aging athleticism!

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  • billy

    … he gonna play with a cane.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    For $3 mil Knicks not giving up much to sign Kidd. Curious if he will accept backup role or tolerate the zoo that is NY. Kidd is the same clown who got Byrum Scott fired on championship-caliber team in NJ, yet the media gave him a pass. There is clearly a double-standard when it comes to the treatment of black coaches in the L.

  • wet

    shock exchange…. your message took a weird turn.

  • Gogs

    I only like this signing if Kidd’s role on the team is primarily mentoring whoever starts and holding things down in spells.
    Would be a great mentor to J.Lin unfortunately looks like he’s going to be a Rocket.

  • Allenp

    Sigh. How does anybody know Iverson can play at an NBA level? He has been plagued by leg injuries, and hasn’t seen game speed action in quite some time. His stint in Turkey was mixed. He refuses to play in China like Marbury. It is funny how saying it is time to move on makes you an idiot. Lol.

  • Bostonballer

    What’s with ppl jumping on the age thing every chance they get? JK will be fine for the Knicks and will be able to help Melo and Amare settle down.

  • Bostonballer

    As far as Lin goes, this and next year will truly determine if it was Linsanity or the real deal.

  • pposse

    j kidd might player better when the stakes are higher but i dont see him doing much of anything in an 82 game regular season

  • Orlando Woolridge (RIP)

    Whatever happened to Aaron Brooks? Why aren’t more teams showing interest in that dude?

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Good Lord, Jeremy Lin is TRASH (as of now). He had an incredible run of not being on the scouting report for 8 games straight… As soon as a team decided to give him any respect on the defensive end, he buckled. His pick-and-roll game is a luck of the draw, and his lack of a left hand is astounding. If he signs back to the Knicks, he’ll have an incredible mentor in Kidd; he’s young and has a high ceiling. If he goes to Houston… Good Luck.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    I feel bad for Iverson fans. Smh.