There was a time, not so long ago, that Jason Kidd was the premier point guard in the NBA.
Sadly, what we’ve watched the past few seasons is a shell of what was.
Still, apparently not ready to hang them up, J-Kidd informed the New York Knicks that he’ll be returning next season.
Grunwald said Kidd indicated he was coming back.
Kidd is still under contract for the next two seasons and appears ready to cash in the $6 plus million he’s still owed, despite playing a reduced role for the Knicks.
It was a struggle for the ten-time All-Star this season as he shot only 37% during his first season in New York, averaging a career low in points and assists.
Of course as the offseason grows and training camp nears, Kidd could always change his mind, so it’s expected that the Knicks, with or without Kidd in the mix next season will look for a point guard in either the NBA Draft or during free agency.
Backup point guard Pablo Prigioni, who would be expected to take over Kidd’s role if he did leave is currently awaiting to see if the Knicks will extend a qualifying offer to him. The QO would eat into the Knicks mini mid-level exception, something they may not want to do and there’s also the possibility that Prigioni could return to Spain, something his wife has apparently been requesting from the Argentinian point.