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Jason Kidd: What does it mean to the Thunder?

John Rohde Published: July 6, 2012
Throughout this offseason, we will do our best to keep up with trades and free-agent signings that could have a potential effect on the Thunder. Today, it's free-agent point guard Jason Kidd, who has agreed to join the New York Knicks when the signing period begins July 11: What it means to the Knicks: The Knicks figure to move toward the Atlantic Division crown, although nothing is guaranteed with a roster that includes Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. Kidd is a rare point guard who truly doesn't care about his own points, which suits Anthony just fine. Plus, Kidd will re-join his world champion teammate from Dallas in center Tyson Chandler. If Kidd can lead the Nets to the Eastern Conference title (twice), why not the Knicks? At a cost of just $9 million for three years (either via free-agent signing or a sign-and-trade), it's certainly a shot worth taking for the Knicks. Kidd's chances at a second world title are greater with the Knicks than with the Mavs, who also have lost Jason Terry to the Boston Celtics. What it means to the Thunder: This is the third point guard of significance to change teams, and the third transaction that directly or indirectly involved the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs made bids for Deron Williams and Steve Nash, but failed on both counts. They also sought to re-sign Kidd for three years, but now that's gone. Acquiring free agent Ramon Sessions remains a possibility, but big whoop. As of this moment, the Mavs have just six players on their roster, a team salary of $44.5 million and their starting point guard is Rodrigue Beaubois. If Dallas goes bargain shopping for next season's roster, it will have ample salary cap space to hijack James Harden and/or Serge Ibaka in the summer of 2013 if they don't agree to contract extensions with the Thunder by Oct. 31. - John Rohde