June 29, 2009
If you were to believe everything you read on the Internet — and, honestly, who doesn't? — you'd be convinced that Donnie Walsh, Mike D'Antoni and the Knicks are assembling some sort of "Dream Team" in New York.
LeBron James(notes) will, of course, be in an orange-and-blue jersey soon enough, and his teammates will include Chris Bosh(notes), Dwyane Wade(notes), Ricky Rubio(notes), Stephen Curry(notes), Dell Curry, Michael Curry, Kobe Bryant(notes), Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, Charles Oakley, Patrick Chewing and John Starks.
And oh, Jason Kidd will running the point:
The Knicks, who also acquired the veteran big man Darko Milicic(notes) in a draft-night trade, are not done shopping. They will try to re-sign their two restricted free agents, Lee and Nate Robinson(notes), when the negotiating period opens Wednesday. They will also continue their search for a top-flight point guard, with Jason Kidd(notes) a primary target.
Kidd, who previously played for the Nets, is said to have an interest in returning to the area. However, the Knicks will have only their midlevel exception, about $5.5 million, to spend. They are also unlikely to offer Kidd more than a one-year contract, because they do not want to jeopardize their salary-cap space in 2010.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Kidd is expected to get overtures from several teams, including Cleveland, Portland, Boston and perhaps even the Lakers. Not a bad little list for someone trying to win their first championship ring. If Kidd doesn't care about the dolla dolla bills, he's definitely got options. Thumbs up!