Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Knicks expect Kidd to return
By Ian Begley
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Bad news for any Knicks fans hoping Jason Kidd would retire: both GM Glen Grunwald and coach Mike Woodson said they expect Kidd to return next season.
"We had a great meeting with Jason yesterday. We hope he's going to be back and from his comments to us we expect him to be back next year and he'll be a big contributor to the team like he was this year," Grunwald said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM on Tuesday after meeting with Kidd.
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Kidd played an important role in helping the Knicks win 54 games in the regular season but struggled mightily in the playoffs.
The 40-year-old was scoreless in his last ten games. The Knicks were essentially playing four on five on offense when Kidd was on the floor. He missed his final 18 shots of the season.
Grunwald on Monday defended Kidd's play in the postseason.
"It wasn’t his role to score," the GM said. "He contributed in so many different ways that it’s hard to list, on and off the court. So I don’t think that was a big factor in our struggles in the Indiana series. Obviously he would have liked to make a few of those shots, but he didn’t. So that wasn’t the reason we lost."
Kidd is under contract for two more seasons but said during the year that he was unsure about playing in 2013-14.
Kidd indicated to the organization that he will be back next year but, as Woodson noted, "that can change. You never know."
Kidd's uncertain status leaves the Knicks with a murky situation at point guard. Raymond Felton is coming back, but it is unclear who will play behind Felton.
Pablo Prigioni is a free agent and is reportedly considering a return to Europe. The Knicks had success with Prigioni and Felton in the back court in a small ball lineup.
If Woodson chooses to go that route again, the Knicks would need someone to share the floor with Felton, assuming Prigioni does not return. Also, given the age of both Prigioni and Kidd, the Knicks may look to upgrade at point guard via the draft or free agency.