It looks like Jason Kidd would have interest in joining the New York Knicks and playing with Jeremy Lin. That's definitely interesting news and something I think that the front office in New York has to seriously consider. I do believe that Kidd could become a beneficial aid to Lin if he was willing to come off the bench and it would give the Knicks an added level of maturity and experience with the second unit.
Kidd wants to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks, a fact that is not only obvious, but one that he has expressed to the press numerous times. It's unclear if he is in the plans for the Mavericks though, as the team would love to pull Deron Williams away from the Brooklyn Nets. There probably isn't room for Kidd on that roster if Mark Cuban is successful in that quest, opening the door for him to sign with another team in free agency.
Kidd spoke this week about possibly joining the Knicks and stated that he would enjoy helping to groom Lin as a player. He even stated that it would be "a lot of fun" and that he would like to "share the things" that made him an All-Star player for so many years. I do think that Kidd could offer a lot of valuable advice and insight to Lin, but it may all come down to whether the Knicks can afford to offer him more than the veteran's minimum.
It looks like Kidd would also have interest in joining either the Chicago Bulls or Nets if things don't work out in Dallas. The Bulls could use him as an answer until Derrick Rose returns from his injury and the Nets may need a new point guard if Williams heads out into fee agency. Those same teams may have more interest in signing someone like Steve Nash though, so maybe the Knicks could swoop in and offer a situation that Kidd wouldn't mind.
I know that Kidd is way up there in years and that he doesn't have much left in the tank, but I also feel that he could give the Knicks a lot of value coming off the bench. He would certainly get fewer minutes with New York than with those other franchises, but maybe he is an ingredient that could help the team get deeper into the postseason.
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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a fan of the New York Knicks that has followed the team since the days John Starks, Charles Oakley, and Anthony Mason instilled their defensive will on the rest of the league.
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