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Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 07/06/2012

Jason Kidd, Jeremy Lin have Knicks pondering point guard situation


Jason Kidd ditched Dallas to join the Knicks where he will either be mentoring or replacing Jeremy Lin. (Christian Petersen - GETTY IMAGES)
The biggest name in the NBA’s offseason rumor mill may belong to a towering center, but it’s the point guards who appear to be running the show in the final days before free agency officially begins.

One day after losing out on the Steve Nash sweepstakes, the New York Knicks addressed their back court needs by nabbing another accomplished veteran in Jason Kidd. The 39-year-old reportedly spurned the Dallas Mavericks to bolt for the Big Apple where he could be a key role player off the bench . . . or the starter.

The Knicks are committed to keeping sudden sensation Jeremy Lin on board, but the 23-year-old point man who helped salvage New York’s season, is exploring other options. Lin reportedly agreed to an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets on Thursday night, putting the ball back in the Knicks’ court to match the offer for their restricted free agent.

The Associated Press cited a source who said Houston’s offer could be worth up to $28.8 million over four years — a notch below the initially-reported amount — and is backloaded over the final two seasons.


How much are the Knicks willing to spend to keep Jeremy Lin? (Frank Franklin II - Associated Press)
Lin cannot sign the offer sheet until free agency begins next Wednesday. If he does, the Knicks will have three days to match the offer or let Lin head south.

And if New York is eager to keep Lin in town, the Rockets are in full-on desperation mode after they shipped starting point guard Kyle Lowry to the Toronto Raptors and let promising backup Goran Dragic return to Phoenix.

Deron Williams surprised many when he agreed to move to Brooklyn with the Nets. Among those point guards staying put are Chauncey Billups, who agreed to a new deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, George Hill (Pacers), Andre Miller (Nuggets) and Jameer Nelson (Magic). That leaves New York with options like Raymond Felton, Aaron Brooks and Derek Fisher, should Lin end up in Houston.

Should the Knicks break the bank to keep Lin in blue and orange or is Lin’s inflated price tag too big to stomach?

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