Currently, the New York Knicks are doing everything within their power to hold onto up-and-coming point guard Jeremy Lin. The consensus has been that Lin won’t be going anywhere as the Knicks will match any offer given to the rising star and give Lin a chance to start under the bright light in the Big Apple at Madison Square Garden.
Despite that being the case, the Knicks are continuing to make moves and explore other options. Before the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Steve Nash via sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns, New York was thought to be the most likely destination for the two-time NBA MVP.
Now that Nash is off the table and Lin is gauging interest around the league from teams like the Houston Rockets, the Knicks have made a bold and potentially brilliant move to sign veteran Jason Kidd. Even at 39-years-old, Kidd is a great pickup for the Knicks with the ability to come in, take a backup role and mentor Lin.
It is uncertain what the details of the new deal are for Kidd in New York, but it was presumably better than what the Dallas Mavericks were offering. The Mavs proposed a three-year deal to Kidd worth about $9 million. The new deal with the Knicks may be substantially higher than that.
During the NBA playoffs last season, Kidd averaged 11.5 points, six assists and three steals per game. Not bad for an aging veteran on a team that couldn’t compete with the younger, faster Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round.
The real question now for the Knicks is whether or not they can convince Lin to come back into the fold and accept a new long-term deal. There’s been some debate about Lin heading elsewhere to potentially cash in.
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