A Maverick no more, Jason Kidd has signed a 3 year contract worth $9 million with the New York Knicks. Kidd appeared in and started 48 games with the Dallas Mavericks last season. He averaged 6.2 points and 5.5 assists in 28.7 minutes per game last season. Kidd’s 11,842 assists is second all-time in NBA history to John Stockton’s 15,806. He also ranks third in NBA history in made three pointers with 1,874. He trails only Ray Allen (2,718) and Reggie Miller (2,560).
This move seemed to make sense for the Knicks when they were going to match the contract offer of the Houston Rockets to young point guard Jeremy Lin. Adding Kidd as a mentor to teach Lin the skills he needs to succeed as a point guard would have been valuable. Kidd will be able to contribute some minutes but not the type of minutes the Knicks may need from a backup point guard.
It may be surprising to say but I actually don't think this is much of a loss for the Mavericks. While Kidd has developed a more consistent jumper later in his career, at 39, he has slowed down in all other facets of the game. He is no longer a starter. At best he will give you 15 to 20 minutes in a backup roll. He may not have as big a name, but I like the addition of Darren Collison more than Kidd at this stage of their respective careers.