Kidd reverses course, signs with Knicks; Lin plays hardball
According to multiple sorcerers, Jason Kidd has had a last minute change-of-heart, shunning the team with whom he won his first championship ring one short year ago to sign with the Knicks.
While details have yet to emerge, word has it that the deal will be something similar to what the Mavs were offering: three years, $9.5 million.
Jason Kidd is 39.
With Houston having officially extended a four-year, $30 million offer sheet to incumbent court marshall Jeremy Lin, conventional wisdom now has it that bringing on Kidd — mere hours after rumors surfaced pointing to a deal for former ‘Bocker Ray Felton — means the Knicks will match the Rockets’ offer and bring Lin back to be mentored by the veteran Kidd.
The last time the Knicks won a title, Jason Kidd was ALIVE.
We’ll have more on the story as it unfolds, but the early returns seem to suggest a mixed bag of emotions from Knick Knation about this one. Kidd’s experience / moxie / pedigree are doubtless unquestioned. But neither are his stats, all of which have been in precipitous decline the last few seasons.
Then again, in lieu of a Steve Nash gambit that never was to be, having a guy like Kidd to lash the point reins certainly has its benefits. Not the least of which is the continued — and liberal — use of Mike Bibby undead jokes.
Your thoughts, plz.
UPDATE: Immediately upon verbally committing to the Knicks, Jason Kidd turned 73.
UPDATE: It’s still unclear whether the contract will take the form of Dallas’ offer, or whether the Knicks might try and engage Dallas in a sign and trade, presumably involving Toney Douglas. Doing so means the Knicks could potentially have an extra $3 million to lure in another free agent.
UPDATE: According to ESPN’s Ian O’Connor, Lin could be poised to ask the Rockets for more than the reported $30 million over four years. Meaning the Knicks might have an even tougher choice to make than previously thought.
Because, of course.
UPDATE: As of 7:45, Lin and the Rockets have come to an agreement on a four year, $30 million-plus deal — the fourth year being a team option. Immediately after word broke, Mark Stein of ESPN tweeted that a “source with knowledge of the Knicks’ thinking said the team would match any offer up to a billion dollars.”
Luckily, it’s likely to only be $30 million. Double-luckily, the team option would make for a nice little escape hatch, in the off chance that Lin regresses terribly and the gambit goes haywire.
UPDATE: The Houston deal would be for $5.2 million over the first two years, with years three and four being for $9.3 million — the latter of which, as mentioned above, would be a team option.
So… yeah, not much of a poison pill after all. Those of us who know James Dolan knows the dude shreds $9.3 million over his Corn Flakes every morning, just for some extra fiber.
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