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Kidd bails on multi-year deal to return to Dallas, going to Knicks

Jul 5, 2012, 2:09 PM EDT

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin defends Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

UPDATE 5:03 pm: No Jason Kidd, either.

Mavericks officials thought they had a deal close, as you can read below, but Kidd has decided to become the new point guard for Mike Woodson and the New York Knicks. Details coming.

2:09 pm: No Deron Williams. No Steve Nash.

So the Dallas Mavericks are back with 39-year-old Jason Kidd, and they are not talking a one-year deal either, reports ESPN.

Sources with knowledge of the deal specifics told’s Marc Stein that Kidd’s contract will be a three-year deal worth $9 million, taking him to age 42 if he plays it all the way out.

Kidd has played 18 NBA seasons and is one of the legendary point guards of the game, but he is well into the back end of his career. Last season Kidd gave the Mavericks 28 minutes with 6.2 points and 5.5 assists per game, and his play was solid if not his old spectacular self. He also missed 18 regular season games due to injury.

Kidd may not play all three years and may be a trade chip depending on what direction the Mavericks go as they try to reload — or maybe flat out rebuild — over the next few years.

  1. heat256 - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    They’d be better off giving him one year deals. Now they are married to an older player who is not going to be able to carry a bigger load. Unless they get lucky in FA in the next year or so, they will waste what little of Dirk’s prime there is left.

  2. cowboychris5xchamps - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Holy God! 3 years?! Not smart Mr. Cuban! We better go hard after Chris Paul next year…..

    • SmackSaw - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:33 PM

      CP3 will sign an extesion with the Clips now that Billups is back.

  3. knightrider1755 - Jul 5, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Knicks fans lose out again. Now the only point guard left is Raymond “the Pillsbury Dough Boy” Felton. No team wanted Felton, so the Knicks win by default.

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