Earlier in the summer, it seemed like Jason Kidd was prepared to re-sign with the Mavericks. Dallas reportedly offered Kidd a three-year, $9 million contract via the tax-payer's exception.
But Kidd, of course, never inked the deal with Dallas.
He changed his mind and decided to sign the same deal with the Knicks.
More than six weeks after the fact, Mavs owner Mark Cuban is still ticked that Kidd chose New York.
"I was more than upset. I thought he was coming. I was pissed," Cuban said. "J-Kidd is a big boy; he can do whatever he wants. But you don't change your mind like that. That was ... yeah. I'm sure I'll get over it at some point, but as of now, I wouldn't put J-Kidd's number in the rafters."
Kidd and Nets point guard Deron Williams were both free agents over the summer. Some saw Kidd and Williams as a packaged deal. Both point guards spent a significant amount of time together and Kidd had expressed a desire to play with Williams. The Mavs were pursuing Williams, but he ultimately decided to return to the Nets.
"It hurt my feelings, period, because I felt that we had developed a relationship, and I thought that he was committed to the organization," Cuban said of Kidd's decision. "It sure seemed that he was. I mean, J-Kidd was active in going out there and talking to Deron Williams the whole time. I guess it was more shocking and surprising than anything else."
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