Jason Kidd says chance to win, mentor Jeremy Lin factored into decision to join New York Knicks
Veteran point guard Jason Kidd says he doesn't care whether he starts or comes off the bench for the Knicks next season.
He just wants to win.
In an interview Friday on 98.7 FM ESPNNewYork, Kidd said he is prepared to play whichever role coach Mike Woodson wants and is comfortable playing 20-25 minutes per night.
Kidd agreed in principle to join the Knicks on Thursday. The 39-year-old likely will serve as a backup to Jeremy Lin, who signed a $28.8 million offer sheet with the Houston Rockets the Knicks are expected to match.
Kidd said he decided to join the Knicks over the Mavs because of the quality of New York's roster.
"You look at their roster, you've got some great pieces," Kidd said. "With the intention of signing Lin back, I saw that I can help. Hopefully, (I can) help them win and help Lin. He's a talented point guard, so at this stage of my career, I just felt that I could help those guys win."
Kidd's contract, which ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports is for $9 million over three years, can't be signed until July 11, the first day new NBA contracts can be signed. It's also possible, one source told Stein, that Kidd ultimately could move to the Knicks in a sign-and-trade deal.