Jason kidd

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In an unforeseen reversal, Jason Kidd has decided to leave the Dallas Mavericks to join the New York Knicks. "I think I can help," Kidd told ESPN The Magazine`s Ric Bucher, adding that he felt the Knicks have more "pieces to work with." With the Mavericks confident they were closing in Thursday on a verbal agreement on a three-year deal with Kidd worth $9 million, sources told http://ESPN.com that Kidd --after all-day deliberations with both teams --has decided instead to leave Dallas to join the Knicks for a similar deal. The contract can`t be signed until July 11, which is the first day new NBA contracts can be signed. It`s also possible, one source said, that Kidd ultimately could move to the Knicks in a sign-and-trade deal. Sources briefed on the matter told http://ESPN.com that Kidd ultimately was swayed to take the Knicks` offer to go to New York, and take on the challenge of trying to help the Knicks move into the Eastern Conference elite and mentor fans` darling Jeremy Lin. He could rotate in with Lin or inherit the point guard role full-time if the Knicks reverse course and decline to match an offer the Houston Rockets made to Lin, a restricted free agent whom the Knicks have said they intend to keep. Kidd averaged 6.2 points and 5.5 assists last season, his 18th in the NBA. Kidd ranks second all-time with 11,842 assists, trailing only John Stockton (15,806). Information from E

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