Jason Kidd is willing to sign with the Knicks, according to comments the free agent point guard made on The Michael Kay Show on ESPNNewYork.com. Kidd also reiterated his interest in a return to the Nets, the team he played for from 2001 to 2008.
"You look at the Knicks, they've got a great young group," Kidd said. "They've got a guy over that I played with and won a championship with. Tyson (Chandler) is great, so I wouldn't mind seeing him and trying to help those guys win, but we'll see what happens come July 1."
Kidd said he wants to join a winner, and doesn't think the Knicks and Nets are far off.
"I wouldn't mind either one," Kidd said. "They both have great situations, so I wouldn't rule those two out."
The Nets could have plenty of flexibility depending on what they want to do with their own free agents, but the Knicks will be limited in what they can offer Kidd, especially if the union receives an unfavorable ruling from the hearing on the Bird rights of Jeremy Lin and Steve Novak. The team could use its mid-level exception on Kidd, but that would likely mean Lin's exit. Steve Nash, another veteran point guard, spoke favorably of the Knicks this week, but he may be out of their financial reach.
Kidd has been vocal about his future in the past several days, having mentioned the Bulls as well as re-signing with the Mavericks as possibilities. Kidd told Kay that, "If I am backing up Deron, or Jeremy Lin, or Steve Nash somewhere, that fits me perfectly." Unless Kidd's willing to sign for the veteran's minimum, it's unlikely he will back up Lin, and if he backs up Nash, that probably wouldn't happen in New York.