In an unforeseen reversal, Jason Kidd has decided to leave the Dallas Mavericks to join the New York Knicks.
With the loss of Jason Kidd, a horrific Mavericks offseason is on the verge of total collapse and humiliation, writes Jeff Caplan. Blog
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"I think I can help," Kidd told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher, adding 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 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 actually 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 could ultimately move to the Knicks in a sign-and-trade deal.
Sources briefed on the matter told ESPN.com that Kidd was ultimately swayed to take the Knicks' offer to come to New York and take on the challenge of trying to help the Knicks move into the Eastern Conference elite and also mentor fans' darling Jeremy Lin.
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