Jason Kidd would enjoy playing with Lin

June, 19, 2012
6/19/12
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During a conference call on Monday with a small group of reporters, Jason Kidd said he would like to re-sign with the Mavericks.

If that doesn't happen, the 18-year-veteran expressed interest in these other three teams: the Bulls, Nets and ... Knicks.

Kidd said he would enjoy helping groom Jeremy Lin, which even means coming off the bench.


"That would be a lot of fun to help a player like that," he said. "Just share the things that helped me be successful in this league."

However, the chances of that happening are very low, because of the Knicks' limited funds and deemed unrealistic shot at winning the Early Bird Rights arbitration, which still hasn't been decided yet.

Even though Kidd is 39 years old, he's still a highly serviceable veteran point guard who's in the same free-agent category as Steve Nash, Andre Miller and Raymond Felton -- players who will fetch more than the veteran's minimum. And that is most likely all the Knicks will be able to offer a FA starting July 1.

Last season, Kidd started and played 48 games for the Mavericks, averaging 6.2 points, 5.5 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game. Even though Dallas got swept by the Thunder, Kidd was even better in the playoffs, with averages of 11.5 points, 6.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds.

It's his vast postseason experience -- including appearances in the NBA Finals in 2002, 2003 and 2011, winning a ring in the last appearance -- that makes him most attractive to contending teams.

The chances of Kidd landing in Brooklyn, where he'd potentially back up Deron Williams, are much higher because the Nets have enough salary-cap space to basically book a new roster.

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