After landing Kidd, Knicks can move to keeping Lin

Associated Press Modified: July 6, 2012 at 6:02 pm •  Published: July 6, 2012
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The New York Knicks view Jason Kidd as Jeremy Lin's teammate, not a replacement.

And once they finish the deal that would bring Kidd to New York, they can move on to keeping Lin.

They have a chance for a tantalizing tandem at point guard, the 39-year-old veteran who is one of the most accomplished ever at the position and the undrafted Ivy Leaguer who took the NBA by storm last season.

"If we can get Jeremy back, I would love that," forward Carmelo Anthony said. "Overall just to have him back him and Jason Kidd, him learning under Jason Kidd, for however long Jason Kidd is there, I accept that, we accept that, and that's a great opportunity for us."

Step one is nearing its completion. The Knicks and Kidd were still working Friday on terms of the deal that will get him from Dallas to New York, according to a person familiar with the details. Kidd would be able to make a higher salary if the teams are able to work out a sign-and-trade arrangement, rather than him signing in New York as a free agent.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because deals can't be signed until July 11. Coach Mike Woodson, in Las Vegas to watch Anthony and Tyson Chandler practice with the U.S. Olympic team, declined comment on the Knicks' moves until then.

That's when Lin will be able to sign the offer sheet he agreed to Thursday with the Houston Rockets. It would pay him a little more than $5 million in each of the first two years and $9.3 million in each of the last two years, according to a person with knowledge of the salaries. The fourth season is a team option.

The Knicks will have three days to match the offer for the restricted free agent, and they have repeatedly said they plan to keep Lin, who became a breakout star when he took over the starting point guard role in February.



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