Jason Kidd Returns to the Dallas Mavericks

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The Dallas Mavericks are going to pay Jason Kidd way too much money for the next three years to keep him from playing for another team. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban reported that Kidd has agreed to sign a three year contract worth more than $25 million.
The New York Knicks were also reportedly in hot pursuit of the 37 year old guard but the most they were able to offer was $19 million for 3 years – which still would have been over paying for a guard who will be 40 years old at the end of the contract. The deal also would have put a damper on the Knicks quest for cap space for the summer of 2010 when free agents like Lebron James and Dwayne Wade will be available to the highest bidder.
Kidd was interested in returning to the Atlantic Division but ultimately could not turn down the insanely over priced deal offered by Cuban. Who could blame him? He had orginally hinted that he would probably take the entire holiday weekend to mull over his decision but probably realized that nobody is going to pay him more than that at his age and declining skill level.
Contracts can not be formally signed until Wednesday after the league announces the salary cap and luxury tax figures for the 2009-10 season. No doubt that after the Hedo Turkoglu change of heart, the Dallas Mavericks will be on edge until the ink is dry on the contract. But Kidd would have to be crazy to turn down that kind of money.


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