After failing to lure two-time MVP Steve Nash to MSG, the Knicks turned their attention to another veteran point guard. As their backup plan, New York signed 39-year old Jason Kidd to a three-year deal worth a total of $9 million, filling the spot of Baron Davis and Mike Bibby.
Kidd is likely to play backup to Jeremy Lin if Lin decides to re-sign with the Knicks. The former New Jersey Net was slated to make a return to the Nets as a backup for Deron Williams, but instead chose to reunite with former Mavericks teammate Tyson Chandler. Kidd’s departure from Dallas leaves Mark Cuban’s team in a world of trouble as they have lost out on Steve Nash, Deron Williams, Jason Kidd, and Jason Terry.
This signing would have been great 10 years ago, but Kidd is not the same player that he was in New Jersey. At 39, his minutes will be limited and his physical abilities will not match up with those of Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul, or Russell Westbrook.
While Kidd is on his last leg, he still has a lot to offer to the Knicks. He brings a calming influence to a team which lacked a reliable point guard last season, and he also is a great passer and shooter of the ball. He will get Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler involved in the offense while also providing the team with some scoring at the point guard position. While New York did not get Nash, Kidd was the next best option. Assuming that they re-sign Lin, the Knicks should have a solid backcourt as the future Hall of Famer will also be a great mentor for the young Jeremy Lin. Overall, it is a positive signing which had to be made.