Early Thursday it was reported that vet Jason Kidd was close to a three-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, but apparently Kidd had a sudden change of heart and has decided to sign with the New York Knicks.
The Mavs have had a rough off-season so far, not only losing out in the running for a top point guard but also losing key reserve guard Jason Terry to the Celtics. Dallas was also interested in fellow free agent point guards Deron Williams and Steve Nash but fell short in their pursuit as Williams re-signed with the Nets Tuesday and Nash landed with the Lakers Wednesday. The Mavs are also rumored to be interested in Lakers free agent point guard Ramon Sessions.
Kidd, 39, has played the last five years with the Mavs and averaged 6.2 ppg 5.5 apg and 4.1 rpg in 28.7 minutes last seasons. Kidd has career averages of 13 ppg, 9 assists and 6.4 rpg in 18 seasons with the Mavs, Suns, and Nets.