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Report: Kidd jilts Mavericks at altar, agrees to deal with Knicks

Jul 5, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

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Mark Cuban’s “tear it down to build it back up” plan has worked out about as well as Napoleon invading Russia so far. No Deron Williams. No Steve Nash. No Dwight Howard (yet, at least). Jason Terry leaves for Boston.

And now Jason Kidd, who the Mavs said they were near a deal with, has jilted them at the altar and will instead sign a multi-year deal with the Knicks, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

With the Mavericks confident that they were closing in Thursday on a verbal agreement on a three-year deal with Kidd worth $9 million, sources told ESPN.com that Kidd — after all-day deliberations with both teams — has decided instead to leave Dallas to join the Knicks for a similar deal.

Sources briefed on the matter told ESPN.com that Kidd was ultimately swayed to take the Knicks’ offer to come to New York and take on the challenge of trying to help the Knicks move into the Eastern Conference and also mentor fans darling’ Jeremy Lin.

Everyone may want to steer clear of Mark Cuban for the next 48 hours or so. At least. Just for your own protection.

Not sure where this leaves Raymond Felton, who reportedly was going to New York also. Probably out in the cold, looking for another team to join. The Knicks don’t need Kidd, Felton an Jeremy Lin. And Lin is maybe the most secure of all of them.

For New York, this is a decent if not thrilling signing. Kidd gives the Knicks a solid point guard who can space the floor with threes and doesn’t need to dominate the ball. Which is good, because the offense runs through Carmelo Anthony.

Kidd is entering his 19th NBA season and will go down as one of the game’s best point guards. But he is not that guy anymore at age 39. 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.

  1. adzs - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Gotta admit Kurt the opening paragraph to this piece was such a perfect comparison lool all that planning and hope and they’ve got absolutely nothing to show for it, apart from lost pieces and a seemingly now inevitable retreat into rebuild mode…seeing as you so often come in for criticism (from myself included) gta give you some props here (Y)

  2. lalakersalldammdayy24 - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    HAHAHA HOW LIKE THEM APPLES MARK CUBAN LOL YALL GONNA SUCK LIKE THE WIZARDS LOL DIRK HOMIE JUS DEMAND A TRADE YOUR GONNA BE HATEIN LIFE NEXT SEASON!!

    • willsolo - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      You are the person who gives Lakers fans a bad name. Why don’t you just sit in the corner for a little bit. Your grammar is atrocious…

    • andyhr17 - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:01 PM

      I think you accidentally hit the caps lock key.

    • saint1997 - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:57 PM

      Who hurt you…?

    • badintent - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM

      still choking your inflatable LBJ doll ?? Or is your dog still humping it ??

  3. garryfish - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    This will work for the Knicks. Kidd can start..play 5 min per quarter, then bring Linn into the game with the 2nd team. JKidd will do what the Knicks wanted to do with Baron Davis. Better signing than Felton.

    • uclafightfightfight - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:33 PM

      I’d be surprised if NY didn’t let Houston eat that huge offer they gave Lin.

      • uclafightfightfight - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:42 PM

        Oops, my bad. I’m surprised, though!

      • knightrider1755 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:24 PM

        And then who would they have to play pg besides Kidd?

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      Terrible move. What happened Clyde Frazier wasn’t available?

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:28 PM

      Felton is younger and can give you more minutes and is accustomed to playing the pick and roll with Amare. You are assuming that both Kidd and Lin are going to be healthy for the rigors of an 82-game season. The Knicks still need a starting pg. Both Lin and Kidd are backups.

    • moseskkim - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      I think that’s a terrific thought. Have Kidd as a facilitator/3 pt threat in the beginning. Lin comes in as Carmelo rests and they run pick and roll with Lin, amare/Tyson. Kidd will teach Lin all the tricks. Knicks actually have some hope.

      • badintent - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:04 AM

        Smart . Your B-Ball IQ is greater than all the Celtic haters still throwing darts at their Ray Allen Posters when Ray goes Heat.Let’s see the Youtube on LBJ 45 and 15 game…………………………………..

  4. digitalpoo - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    “Mark Cuban’s “tear it down to build it back up” plan has worked out about as well as Napoleon invading Russia.”

    Kurt, do you text Cha-Cha for your analogies?

  5. aldavis4president - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Lmao #fail

  6. ccshocktalk - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Kidd can facilitate a sick offense, but Carmelo better understand a sick offense starts with the sick point guard, not with the ball hog small forward.

    Kidd to Amare, or Kidd to Melo, either way, he’s going to open up things as long as the black hole doesn’t swallow every ball that comes his way.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:38 PM

      ENOUGH. Goodness. The Knicks only played that way down the stretch because there was no time to practice or implement anything. MIKE WOODSON HAS SAID THIS. Enough with the lame lines about Melo being a ball hog. SHEESH.

      • pglive21 - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:55 PM

        ccshocktalk is the one who has it right. Did you even watch Melo while he was on Denver? He was just as much of a ball hog there. This is not a recent development. Stop making it out to be one.

        And get ready for a bunch of second round exits Knicks fans. Woodson can’t and won’t do any better than that. Just a hack job of a coach.

      • ccshocktalk - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:54 PM

        as PGlive21 pointed out, he did the same exact thing in Denver. His entire career has been me first, everyone else second. Carmelo is a heck of a good player, but he lacks the willingness to share the ball. I don’t know if he missed kindergarten or what, but he doesn’t play in the sandbox very well.

        He played alongside a great point guard in Chauncy Billups, and even then he couldn’t manage to share the rock that well. He had Kenyon Martin, Nene, Chauncy, JR Smith, AI, even AI had double the assists that Carmelo had, and AI is almost as dark a black hole as Melo.

        Bottom line is that Kidd will run a great offense through Amare and Melo is going to have to be the second option if the Knicks want to make this acquisition worth their time.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:54 PM

      Kidd hasn’t been a “sick” point guard for years

    • bchapman2011 - Jul 6, 2012 at 7:20 AM

      Not trying to be a hater but Kidd is all but finished. He is slow and has trouble scoring nowadays. It is alot harder to facilitate when everybody on the floor knows that Kidd is not a threat to drive to the hoop or hit an outside shot. Not to mention it will be impossible to facilitate once he passes to the ballstopper aka Carmello. I Hope the knicks do well but I really think that they will not coñtend until they trade Anthony for assets that play together as a team.

  7. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

  8. grhopper - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Kidd will soon turn 40, and his game shows it. He would have been a disaster for the Mavs for the next 3 years.

    • drunkenjunk - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      glad this happened. Didn’t want to pay him for another 3 years.

  9. rocketsbb - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    i like the how i met your mother reference kurt, keep it up.

  10. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    BOOM! Today Jason Kidd treated the Mavericks the same way he treated his ex-wife.

    What?……….Too soon.?

    • cantonbound13 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      Classless, but not surprising considering the source.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:11 PM

        Just so you know, I’m going to make a ton of wife beater jokes this season. It’s much classier to make fun of a 6’4 210 pound Jason Kidd for punching his wife square in the face than it was for Jason Kidd to actually punch his wife square in the face.

        And are you judging how classy I am while you’re slipping a $20 into “Desiree”‘s garter during a private dance at Tootsie’s?

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:18 PM

        I have to apologize for comparing what Jason Kidd did to the Knicks today to what he did to his wife.

        Today, he punched the Mavs in the gut. When it came to his wife, he made sure his closed fist went straight into her face. Sorry

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:54 PM

        “NICE”!

    • badintent - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:09 AM

      His wife was a bi-polar tool………..looking for Gloria Allred and her hoes.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 6, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        Ah yes, the “she deserved it because she was a pain in the ass” defense. Hey, CB13, how classy is this guy?

  11. jaydukes2 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Fetlon to Wizards for cheap they need a veteran floor general behind John Wall

  12. laidlowo - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Now the Knicks need to call iHouston about a S&T for Lin going to Houston and Lowry to come to NY.Since Rockets wanna trade him to Raptors for a 1st and wanna get Lin for $30mil

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:37 PM

      After Lowry is traded he cannot be moved again for three months.

  13. steelerfanforlife - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Well that got out of hand pretty quickly for the Mavs…yikes

  14. lucky5934 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    The Lakers improved… The Celtics will reup for another run. The Nets are already one of the top teams in the East. The Bulls will be back an the Thunder will be a year wiser to go with that talent. Now the Knicks could even be better. This offseason is proving to provide balance among the league. At this point the Heat repeating is no sure thing.

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:22 PM

      The Knicks need a starting pg. Jason Kidd and Jeremy Lin alone are not the answer. One is too old and the other is too inexperienced. This is a recipe for a definite first round playoff exit. Guaranteed.

      • 1historian - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:22 PM

        they gotta get INTO the playoffs first

      • atahualpaoxford - Jul 12, 2012 at 2:05 PM

        Knicks have signed the starting pg of the Argentina basketball team going to the Olimpics, Pablo Prigioni.
        He’s very good…but 35. Was playing in Europe for quite a long time.

    • jimmymarlinsfan - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:41 PM

      Steve Nash does not improve the Lakers…he is on the wrong side of 35 and has a bad back and plays limited defense, the Celtics won’t get as much this year from Pierce and Garnett and a lot of role players will have to step up…a lot…good luck with that. The Nets will still have an adjustment period not to mention they have to learn how to win with each other…the bulls will be without Rose for quite some time and who even knows when the Old d-rose shows up..
      And the thunder still have more to learn…the spurs still worry this Heat fan

      • bandanamac - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:51 PM

        I’m with you on Nash’s defense, but he’s had the back issue since birth. He won two MVPs with it. It’s a condition he’s played with his whole career it didn’t just happen yesterday.

      • badintent - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:13 AM

        LBJ on his bigass yachet, trolling for fish, using Garnett and Rondo for bait. too bad the LA guys landed the 900 pound shark yesterday……………………….

  15. mcqphx - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:28 PM

    Kidd’s beat Cuban at his own game…Shark Tank style.

  16. bchapman2011 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    Ultimately this is a good thing for Dallas because Kidd at 39 years old is finished. With that being said, the Mavericks have to be one of the biggest losers this offseason. They obilerated their chamionship roster last year to set themselves up for some blockbuster deals this summer but this is the chance you take when gamble like that. They have struck out on everybody and at this point the only thing that can save face for them is if they can pull off a miracle and trade for Howard. Ramon Sessions would be a nice PG pick up for them. With the Lakers signing Nash he should be available.

  17. davidcl77 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Lol Cuban! Serves you right, you arrogant jerk. I do feel bad for Dirk, however. Their season will stink big time. Dirk will want to retire.

  18. bknowledge - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    If Nets can’t sign Dwight, maybe they should make a similar offer for Dirk??? Brook/Marshon/couple first rounders for Dirk and Mahinmi or Heywood?

    I know I am dreaming….but the New York area has been a BB wasteland for soooo long….we need a good team in this area…

  19. 1historian - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Nowitzki deserves better than this.

    Next summer is supposed to be a banner year for Free Agents.

  20. proballerslounge - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    http://proballerslounge.wordpress.com/2012/07/06/as-the-sun-sets/

    Nash and Kidd

  21. newyorkfootballjets - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Wait??? kidd was signed to play and not coach, no way in h.e. double hockey sticks does he start

  22. dysraw1 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    not exactly what i had in mind getting J Kidd even though he has a championship breed & commands players respect its just he’s not the defensive wiz was in NJ.

  23. BigBeachBall - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:10 AM

    damn… these fish are loyal… who’s coming with me…..

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