Kidd Will Open Free Agency in New York

From FanHouse

Matt Moore set the table on Jason Kidd‘s impending free agency — Dallas, New York, Cleveland and Portland figure to be the best options. Though Kidd has publicly said he’d give the Mavericks dibs, you’ll be interested to know Kidd will spend Wednesday, the first day of the free agency period, in New York City chatting with the Knicks.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports that Kidd will meet with Knicks president Donnie Walsh early Wednesday, hoping to get a commitment. NY cannot offer more than the mid-level exception (a starting salary of less than $6 million) unless Walsh works out a sign-and-trade with Dallas, which holds Kidd’s Bird rights. But the Knicks certainly have a hole at the point. Chris Duhon, ahem, ain’t getting it done.

Seth Rosenthal of Posting and Toasting has a quality point of concern in wondering why the Knicks would target a “falling star when there are young, wholesome point guards on the market.” Ramon Sessions, for example, will likely draw a salary no larger than that of Kidd.

A large part of the reported rift between Kidd and New Jersey management came because the Nets refused to extend his max contract into 2009-10 and 2010-11. (I wonder why.) Do you think Kidd will take the bare minimum length and bare minimum dollars this summer? No. That’s either good for Dallas, or depending on how badly Walsh wants Kidd, bad for New York.

A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that the minimum length of a mid-level exception contract is three years. The minimum length for an MLE contract is actually one year. I regret the error, and thank reader hi goch for the heads up.

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