NEW YORK CITY — He's the Knicks' new Kidd on the block.
Veteran point guard Jason Kidd signed with the New York Knicks Thursday — the same day the Houston Rockets agreed to terms with Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin on a multimillion-dollar contract offer that New York is expected to match to retain the emergent star.
Kidd, 39, signed a reported three-year, $9 million contract with the KNicks and leaves the Dallas Mavericks after helping the team to an NBA championship in 2011.
Lin — who created a sensation in the Big Apple this past season with his meteoric rise — is a restricted free agent, meaning New York has three days to match Houston's four-year, $28.9 million offer, according to reports. The Knicks have publicly stated their intention to keep the 23-year-old point guard.
Lin couldn't officially sign with the Rockets until Wednesday, July 11, according to reports.