In yet another blow to the Dallas Mavericks’ franchise, point guard Jason Kidd decided to bypass an offer from the Mavs and instead agreed to take a similar offer with the New York Knicks, according to two sources.
Kidd was close to agreeing on a three-year, $9 million contract with the Mavs. But sources said he had a change of heart at the last minute and decided to take the same deal with the Knicks.
The loss of Kidd continues a weeklong nightmare for the Mavs, who have seen Deron Williams re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets, Jason Terry sign with the Boston Celtics and Steve Nash get traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The agreement with the Knicks allows Kidd to become a mentor to Jeremy Lin, who was a hot-shot sensation this past season. It also allows Kidd – who recently bought a home in the Hamptons – to sleep in his own bed.
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Kidd, who had a strong desire to return to the Mavs, has said all along that he wanted to play at least 20 years in the NBA. If the Oakland native plays through the length of this contract he will be 42 years old when it expires and will have played 21 years in the NBA.
With Kidd gone, the Mavs are still in search of a point guard to run their offense. That search more than likely will end at the doorstep of Laker free agent playmaker Ramon Sessions, who sources said hsd had preliminary discussions with the Mavs.
Kidd averaged 6.2 points and 5.5 assists per game this past season for a Mavs team that was swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder. He also shot 36.3 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from three-point range.