After failing to land veteran point guard Steve Nash, who reached a sign and trade agreement on Wednesday that will send him to the Los Angeles Lakers, the New York Knicks reportedly came to terms with another veteran Free Agent point guard. The “New York Post” reported Thursday afternoon, that according to their sources the team has a deal in principle with former Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd. The paper’s sources state that the pact will be for three years and that Kidd is expected to come off the bench for the club. The report also stated that the Knicks will make every effort to bring Jeremy Lin back to the team.
Although Kidd is no longer the elite point guard that he was earlier in his career, he can still provide badly needed leadership on the squad and help put all the players on the same page. Kidd already has a strong relationship with center Tyson Chandler, from their days playing with the Mavericks. He will also command and receive respect from Carmelo Anthony, who was not a team player this past season. He has the demeanor and the resume that should make Anthony play within the system; plus he has something that Carmelo lacks, a Championship ring.
The veteran signing with New York, removes yet another piece of the 2011 NBA Championship Dallas Mavericks roster. Although the Mavericks now have plenty of room under the NBA salary-cap, they have yet to entice any players to join them.