Jason Kidd to Join the New York Knicks

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The New York Knicks' offseason finally took a turn for the positive on Thursday, as veteran point guard Jason Kidd has agreed to sign a three-year, $9 million deal with the team, according to ESPN Radio.

The acquisition comes on the heels of Steve Nash getting shipped from the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night for a pair of first and second-round picks. Ex-Knick Raymond Felton was another alternative, but his poor conditioning and terrible 2011-12 season made him a very distant tertiary option on the Knicks' wish list for backup point guards.

Now that the Knicks have a credible backup at the position, their next order of business is to re-sign starter Jeremy Lin, who was reportedly offered a three-year contract by the Houston Rockets this week that could be worth as much as $30 million with the fourth-year option. The Knicks can match the offer by no later than July 14, three days after NBA players are allowed to sign new contracts.

Kidd, 39, averaged 6.2 points, 5.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds for the Dallas Mavericks last season.

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