Here I was, writing a post explaining how Steve Nash and Jason Kidd had both become unavailable and talking myself into the merits of a Raymond Felton return, then ... nope, nevermind. Despite every indication that he had all but signed a three-year, $9 million contract to return to the Mavericks, the word now is that Jason Kidd is going to sign with the Knicks.
Marc Stein reports that Kidd will sign to a deal similar to the one he was working on with Dallas, though the exact years and dollars are not clear right now. Money aside, the downside to Kidd is that he'll be more than 40 years old by the end of this contract, and he doesn't have a lot left in his legs. He's nowhere near the dazzler he used to be and is more content these days to hang out around the perimeter and toss entry passes. Oh, and your average Knicks fan viscerally despises Jason Kidd from his time with the Nets.
On the flip side, the Knicks won't be asking Kidd to start or anything. He'll back up Jeremy Lin — New York matching any offer for Lin is still assumed, though it seems perilous to assume anything right now — and also serve as a mentor of sorts. They're both Bay Area guys, and Kidd is a childhood hero of Lin's and someone with a lot of wisdom to impart. Or at least that's how this move is being sold right now. The guy's 39. He could have fathered Lin and would have been only slightly weird.
The NBA off-season, guys!